Once Human have released their new album “Evolution” with a new video to follow.
Flock Of Flesh
Eye Of Chaos
Mass Murder Frenzy
Killers For The Cure
Guitarist Logan Mader had the following to say about the record.
“Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren (Hart, vocals) I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage,”
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Once Human are an interesting prospect. On one hand a daring female-fronted metal band. They are not a group defined by the gender of their vocalist by any stretch, although vocalist Lauren Hart is easily capable of matching any male in the genre. On the other hand they could be a seen as the band that Logan Madder(Ex-Machine Head) formed when he wanted to start playing metal again, which would be a naive and ill informed assumption. In reality, Once Human are band ready to make their own dent in the metal landscape, bringing together a line up of musicians ready to birth music that borrows from sounds old and new in an attempt to add some much needed light and shade to world of heavy music. Latest offering Evolution is hailed by the band as a new chapter, with Madder saying of the record ” We really found our sound and our identity”.
Evolution, upon first listen shows defiant promise with Flock of Flesh leading the way. Soaring guitars make way for tightknit grooves ala Lamb of God, Hart’s vocals fitting deftly atop the crushing melodeath backdrop. The interesting thing about Evolution, is that it doesn’t do a whole lot to set itself apart from the melodic death pack, but unlike the band’s fairly cookie-cutter debut, the sophomore effort plays to the band’s strengths. Gatling-like riffs mixed with subtle grandiosity are showcased on tracks like the forceful Eye of Chaos and the sublime lead guitars of Paragon.
As mentioned previously, Lauren Hart is a huge asset to the band’s overall sound, combining the vocal styling of Randy Blythe with fellow female growler Angela Gossow to provide a savage focal point for the band. Tracks like the Meshuggah-esque Drain display Hart’s ability to slot her vocal punch inside of cavernous grooves with ease.
Undoubtedly, the real merit of Evolution is Madder’s slick production. His many years at the desk pay off here and really help lock the low rhythms together with gorgeous effect laden leads, in turn making the record sound as if it had been recorded during a glacial apocalypse. Final track Passenger is as good an example as any for this,moving between mammoth deathcore chug and Tool-like rumbling before building to a progressive climax reminiscent of later day In Flames.
As a follow up to 2015’s The Life I Remember, the band’s second time around shows them taking hold of the basic template used on their debut and injecting it with passion and brute force. It admittedly, won’t change metal as we know it, but it will provide fans of the melodic death metal style with something fresh to sink their teeth into. This time around for Once Human, it’s not quite an Evolution, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
Bringing a strong heavy metal/progressive metal sound with their new single ‘Gravity‘, Once Human are here to show off why they should be noticed more in the game. Check out their music video for the new track below and get ready for their new record being released in February!
Following on from their first single Eye Of Chaos reaching 1 million views on YouTube Once Human have announced they will release their second single Gravity on November 22nd. Both of these tracks are coming from the band’s new album Evolution scheduled for release January 22nd 2017.
The name has been chosen due to the bands belief that they have expanded upon the melodic death metal formula that was their debut The Life I Remember (2015) into something more complex, emotional, distinct but still devastatingly heavy.
Logan Mader guitarist for Once Human said in the press release: “Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren (Hart, vocals) I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage.”
“Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it’s as if we’re a totally different band. We really found our sound and our identity, it’s quite unique and I think what we’re doing is really on fire.”
The name Logan Mader might mean a lot to metal fans as he’s been noted on some huge albums for his production and/or mixing, these include Gojira, Fear Factory and Devildriver. He was also the original guitarist for Machine Head and his late 90’s stint in Soulfly.
The band is rounded off by drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damian Rainaud, and guitarists Skyler Howren and Max Karon to join fellow guitarist Logan Mader and vocalist Lauren Hart.
Once Human’s first single from Evolution – Eye Of Chaos can be listened to below: