Almøst Human is a Swiss band that plays heavy metal with modern touches; actually, as obvious as it may sound, I guess we could call it modern metal. I have to be honest, it’s not really my cup of tea, so, I decided that I’d only review this release if I could do it impartially, overlooking the elements that aren’t of my taste and being able to see all the positive aspects, almost as a fan of modern metal. Of course I managed to do that… and I don’t say “of course” not because “I’m an awesome being that is able to transcend my own body”, hehe, but rather because it’s a fact, as you’re reading the review.
Well, allow me to quote some words from the band in order for you to get to know a bit more about them: “Almøst Human is a Swiss metal band. But it’s also a universe, a vision of the world and humanity. An orchestration of the life and death’s cycle which finds an echo even in its own biography. (…)Making fun of usual metal-bound «clichés» (occult symbols, blood), it questions us about our human nature and about the place we occupy – or wish we occupied – in the animal kingdom. «Rather ask than claim», summarizes Olivier Perdrizat, who composes most of the riffs and whose thoughts widely inspired lyrics written out by Sebastian Maeder, Nick Maeder Gotthard singer’s brother joining together technicality peculiar to the xtreme metal with rock energy, Almøst Human always focus on melody and emotion, in the broad sense of term.
This is one of the aspects that I really enjoyed, I prefer bands that question our nature, existence, that deal with feelings and Almøst Human is a fine example when it comes to an interesting and useful concept. As for the music, it’s indeed a very solid release, most of the melodies are very enjoyable and the vocalist, for this metal genre, is very impressive because he doesn’t sound like all modern metal vocals. The electronic effects are tastefully added, creating a futuristic atmosphere. The songs sound also very catchy and I really would like to see how they function live. Almøst Human must be a great live band.
The EP’s production is top-notch, another impressive aspect, since Ø is completely self-released. If this is a genre that you enjoy, you’ll definitely find Almøst Human an outstanding band, with a bright future if they keep the willingness to create more and more. And I ask you to support them the way that is possible for you. I must add one more time, for a person that doesn’t listen to modern metal because I just don’t like the bands I’ve heard, not even one song, this EP must be indeed formidable, as I’ve heard it completely and intend to listen to it again when in the right mood!
Until next time.
Band: Almøst Human
Album: Ø (EP – 2014)
1. Living Wreak
2. Mørning Star
3. Øbey, Cønsume ør Disappear
5. Each Of Us
Benjamin Pluss – Vocals
Chris Mattey – Guitar
Olivier Perdrizat – Guitar
Janeiro Peyer – Bass
Rosario Fullone – Drums
Official Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/almosthuman.ch
Official Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/humanimals
All photos belong to their rightful owners.October 18, 2014