New sound not ‘Heavenly’
Gabino Vega Rosario
September 10, 2008
Filed under Reviews
For those who have heard of the song called “Crossing the Rubicon,” by The Human Abstract, don’t expect the same rare talent on their new album called Midheaven.
This band from Los Angeles proves to be one of the best technical bands out there today.
Their second album is not as hard and complicated as their debut album, “Nocturne.”
The new album consists of many simple riffs and smooth vocals but not enough enthusiasm to make me yell in excitement.
Purchasing the album brought enough excitement to bring me crashing down harshly after listening to it. The album is bad due to its new soft side, but all is not bad. Songs like “Counting Down the Days” and “Metanoia” have the elements of an awesome song: rawness, technicality, energy and originality.
The song “Counting Down the Days” shows a new side to The Human Abstract: war. This song has it all and is so inspiring.
It makes me want to force the president to listen. This is the best song on the album, and I’m not very enthusiastic in sharing more than these two songs.
The first song, titled “A Violent Strike,” caught my attention. The song had great beat turning points and awesome guitar screeches. The lyrics were very interesting and reminded me of times of war throughout the history of the world. Eventually, there will be a power so strong there will be no bravery left in man.
Listening to the album got me wondering why The Human Abstract changed their sound.
Honestly, some of the song’s choruses reminded me of old guys being dumped by their girlfriends. The vocals sounded so emotional and whinny.
Track seven, “Echoes of the Spirit,” is an OK song. It had a very boring introduction but progresses somewhat. It’s the same thing with the following track “Calm in the Chaos.” The flow was calm and calm enough to make me fall asleep. “You’ve come to save the world? What do you believe? .by your hands, by the choices that you call your own.” I like these lyrics because there are people out there who base their opinions on the things they see, and the influences of these things cause them to become the worst people. The lyrics are great for this song.
The album’s originality is very low, and the quality of the album is fair. I recommend this album for those who want to make sweet love, but if you want to catch the band when they come to Bakersfield on Sept. 23, don’t expect a heavy show. I highly recommend their debut album “Nocturne.”