Humanity's Last Breath
Abyssal


3.5
great

Review

by TheNotrap USER (27 Reviews)
August 13th, 2019 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Only suffering is a certainty

All metal signatures that include a core strand or feature a more modern approach, have never had a consensual reception from the headbanging community. While this contemporary aesthetic represents a betrayal of the more conservative canons for some, for others it's a step forward. Given its modern nature, Humanity's Last Breath belongs to that particular niche, destined to always have a mixed reception. Personally, I'm not genrephobic when it comes to metal subgenres, nor am I seeking for specific styles or labels, but rather musical expressions that have the ability to entertain me, and Humanity's Last Breath's Abyssal has some of those entertaining ingredients.

Before I go any further, I'd like to say I don't know the band's previous work, so my interpretation is based only on the present and on what this album represents at this point in time.

My first reaction to Abyssal was somewhat indifferent, I went through the album without being particularly enthusiastic. I didn't find anything really exciting, but I didn't stumble upon anything that would take me away either, at least to the point of not giving it a second chance. This usually means the album has the potential to be a grower, which fortunately proved to be the case. After repeated listening, I started to dissect the band's style better, which is close to bands like Thy Art is Murder, but with a more atmospheric and technological approach. This hi-tech perspective manifests itself immediately throughout the first songs, either through the vocal effects in "Bursting Bowel of Tellus" and "Bone Dust" or in the background synthesizers, that help to create the proper atmosphere. The interesting combination of deep gutturals and progressive heaviness is also one of the things that stands out in the first tracks, alongside the solid drumming, which works as a connecting element. If "Abyssal Mouth", which had already been released as a single in 2017, is certainly one of the highlights, the three instrumentals "För Sorg", "Being" and the ecclesiastical "Dödgud" are the most relevant musical pieces in Abyssal, as they enhance the unsettling mood of the album. The rather disturbing message of "Being" also presents itself as the most meaningful expression in Abyssal, carrying the heavy burden of disillusionment. This narrative mirrors the band's name and album's title perfectly, being a message that remains, after listening.

As one would expect from a progressive deathcore release, the album presents several aesthetic influences, ranging from brutal deathcore to technical death metal, also including some black metal textures, as we can hear in "Pulsation Black", through its Portal-esque moment. But despite its diversity, the album never disperses or loses focus, always keeping a strong musical direction, thus revealing a clear identity and solid artistic cohesion. The polished production and well balanced mixing are also suitable to style and genre, with nothing relevant to point out. What prevents me from rating Abyssal higher, are merely subjective factors. A matter of taste, if you will. Although I find the instrumentals and songs like "Abyssal Mouth", "Bone Dust" or "Pulsating Black" quite engaging, I also encounter some generic moments, which bring neither added value to the album, nor anything new to the genre. "Sterile", "Vånda" and "Rampant" are among the tracks that feature those less interesting parts.

Abyssal is not without its flaws, but it has the merit of being able to shape a disconcerting and disturbing atmosphere, which poses relevant questions about man's disillusionment and contempt for human life.

Everyone dies. Everyone you love is going to die. Only suffering is a certainty.



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TheNotrap
August 13th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album has grown on me in the last few days.



You guys can stream Abyssal here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i7I2H0P7uQU



Some thoughts about the album are more than welcome.

Digging: Humanity's Last Breath - Abyssal

autoNamed
August 13th 2019


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band with terrible name makes good record, this thing rips for real

Digging: Sunrot - Sunnata

igordrago
August 13th 2019


102 Comments


Didn’t really care for the record myself but it’s also not entirely my cup of tea either. Great review though mate.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


10326 Comments


Good review bro! I've known about these guys for a while, but never gotten around to listening to them. Will jam this soon.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2019


15511 Comments


Standard sweet review notrap. Pos

Digging: Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind

TheNotrap
August 14th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys!

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah, ditto, nice write-up. Don't remember liking these guys but this seems to be getting good press. I'll give em a chance.

Digging: The Offering - Home

TheNotrap
August 14th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Mars mate.



These guys have some good ideas and know how to set a cool atmosphere. You'll probably dig some tracks, check the instrumentals, if you wish.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm actually liking it more than I though I would, this feels to me like what Car Bomb wishes they were. They unfortunately fall into deathcore tropes here and there, but even then I am surprised at how little I mind in this case relative to others. Feels like there's more here to unpack rather than something like Black Tongue.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Golly, "Sterile" really is sterile ain't it.

TheNotrap
August 14th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The band's approach isn't superficial, the guys have a solid identity and try to pass on an interessant message. The hi-tech signature is what I like most here.



Yeah, "Sterile" is definitely not among the album's best moments.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Crap, just as I started to like this, the second-half slump hit. First half is almost a completely different album.

TheNotrap
August 14th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Being" and "Dödgud" are great tracks, in my opinion. But yeah, "Vånda" and "Rampant" aren't particularly interesting.

DoofDoof
August 14th 2019


4828 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think calling their album Abysmal was a mistake

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They just slowly shot themselves in the foot with this one. Shame, something was here for a bit.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Deliberately tried finding a version that didn't have the instrumentals as standard

TheNotrap
August 14th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cheers Nocte

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm largely on the same page as mitch here. There's a couple of shiners here but largely it's smothered in dribble.



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TheNotrap
August 14th 2019


11604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You guys are being too harsh on these guys, the album has its strong moments.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Maybe not too harsh, perhaps different standards. Strong moments are strong, sure, but they're marred in the face of the same deathcore cliches I've had beaten into my skull for years. Heaviness doesn't impress me one bit, and after a while all they seem to rely on is low-end-abusing breakdowns and not much else. Their earlier tracks listed here are much more, dare I say, experimental. Then it takes an unfortunate nosedive.



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