Review by MartinDavey87 for Death - Human (1991) Review by MartinDavey87 for Death - Human (1991)

MartinDavey87 MartinDavey87 / May 24, 2022 / 0

Okay this isn’t going to make me any friends... but this is my review and I can only share my honest opinion...

Yuck. What is this?

I was heavily into thrash metal in my early teens, and while I don’t sway very often towards the heavier and more aggressive side of metal these days, I still like many of the artists that I’m already a fan of. So here I am many, many years later, and it’s time to get stuck in with one of the main metal subgenres that has always eluded me; death metal. And what better place to start than one of the most revered and beloved bands of the genre? Death.

But this? Nope! Not into it! I mean, the playing is incredibly intense and these guys are all incredibly proficient at their instruments, with pinpoint precision and accuracy, and there are a couple of decent riffs. But most of it is just way too fast and lacks any kind of melody. Ditto for the vocals. Angry, growly stuff, which is fine if you’re into that, but for me, I need some kind of melodic vocal line that I can sing along to!

Aw well. I tried, and I know I’ll get flayed alive for this review (metal fans can be so annoyingly passionate sometimes, it’s just a review, come on guys, chill!), but there we have it. I gave Death’s ‘Human’ multiple listens, and it’s just not growing on me. What can I say? I’m only human.

Comments (2)

Sonny Sonny / May 25, 2022

I can only echo Ben's comments Martin. The great thing I have found with Metal Academy is that you will never get "flayed alive" for expressing a sincere opinion. I think all the active members recognise every other member's right to hold their own opinions and respect for others' views are paramount to the ethos of Metal Academy.

Ben Ben / May 25, 2022

You have every right to respond to music however you naturally respond to it Martin. If I were to try listening to the most esteemed Power Metal releases, I'd probably react in a similar way. You gave it a shot, and it's seems pretty unlikely that death metal is going to become your thing (after all, the genre gets a lot faster and more intense than Human).

If anything, this shows why Metal Academy has value. You can give Death's Human one star without having any impact on the album's clan rating. You would expect the average rating of Horde members to be higher than the average site rating for a death metal album, and that's exactly how it plays out (in this case, it's 4.3 for Horde members, 3.9 overall).