From the mystical land of Canada, who brought to us such intriguing technical progressive death metal acts as Gorguts, Cryptopsy and Quo Vadis, enters a new breed of Canucks that come forth with staggering potential, throwing their instruments about in a fashion that reminds me of Jackson Pollock and his paint cans. Yes, there’s nothing that isn’t sporadic about these guys and the frontman has an ultimately unbelievable snarl (“Mutants War”) that has since grown on me from the first listen. If you’re looking for something that just throws all semblance of structure out the window and plays with technicality until the point of sheer madness, then I would highly recommend this highly skilled act. In all the guitar solos I’ve ever heard, I’ve never heard them quite the way they’re done on this album. These guys just don’t play their guitars; they dissect them right in front of your eyes. These guys don’t just growl and scream and holler and snarl, they use about a hundred pieces of each whenever necessary. The drummer just doesn’t drum, he shows you what each and every sound that can possibly be made on a drum kit sounds like, and then some!
The song titles on the disc are as you can expect, high convolutions like “Hallucinogenic Symphonia Delirium” and “Individual Timeless Reality” proving that Canadians must be smarter than the rest of us, and if the shit does manage to go down everywhere else in the world, Canada will still be Canada. Usually, I don’t like albums that are too based in technicality, but for some odd reason Unhuman really hit me with an unexpected sense or grandeur. And yes, they do manage to throw in some brilliant melodic candy into their over-stuffed toy box, making for an album with so many facets, that you couldn’t fill a bathtub with them.
When these guys got together and called their band Unhuman, I was expecting nothing less than that. It’s safe to say that I have unreasonably high expectations for bands these days and I am most often disappointed when they are not met. Yet for Unhuman, this is definitely not the case. Unhuman is an album that is full of so many layers that you’ll have a field day trying to decipher them. It’s a true testament to the skill and craftsmanship of these guys, even though to some it might just appear to be a bunch of off-kilter sounds and noises. Sure, it might be a mouthful the first time you hear it and might even bring up some (albeit classier) !TOOH! comparisons, but I highly recommend that you sit back and soak it in. There’s simply no mistaking the fact that people who are tired of A, B and C bands will certainly find something invigorating in this impressive release. This is why we have a five star rating here at New Noise Magazine as far as I’m concerned. (Eric May)