October 22nd, 1991
Release length: 34:00
Easily one of the best Death albums ever released, it features the single “Lack Of Comprehension”, and the well known “Suicide Machine”. This is the release where the music began to show a slight change in the music. Offering great technicallity to the music, some of the tracks on the release had a bit of a progressive feel to them as well. “Suicide Machine” is the best example of it, especially during the bridge prior to the guitar solo, slowing down the pace of the music just a little bit and violating what some would look at as straight-forward death metal. But aside that, much of the album is blisteringly fast with a lot of technical aspects, such as on “Secret Face”.
One thing to note about this release is the amount of changes in the music. One minute it’s insanely fast music, the next you’re quickly transitioned over to a slower speed, but perhaps with just as fast or drums. These are usually found prior to a guitar solo, which usually kicks right back into the thrash-like metal sound. But aside the music, the vocals on this release are the best recorded by the band as well. The only issue with the recording is that the bass is there, but is actually really low. It doesn’t really do much to damage the album, but some people may have a hang up over this issue. Well, that and the instrumental “Cosmic Seas”, which is a great track, but kind of feels out of place with the atmosphere of the album presented right from the start. It is, however, one hell of a guitar solo.
Aside that, Human is easily one of the best early death metal releases, and one of the best ever recorded by Death. If you can look past the constant change ups in the music that aren’t that great (such as during the conclusion track “Vacant Planets”) then you’ll find this to be a masterpiece with only the bass recording at fault. If you don’t have this release in you’re collection, what are you waiting for?
01. Flattening Of Emotions – 4:30
02. Suicide Machine – 4:22
03. Together As One – 4:09
04. Secret Face – 4:36
05. Lack Of Comprehension – 3:43
06. See Through Dreams – 4:23
07. Cosmic Seas (Instrumental) – 4:28
08. Vacant Planets – 3:49
|Overall Score: 9.5/10
physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.