In Human Form - III (2019)


If you can imagine what Kayo Dot, Maudlin of the Well, Ephel Duath and Subterranean Masquerade would sound all blended together, then you would get close to just how expansive In Human Form sounds. Unleashing their three-songs, 49 minute opus “III”, this band pushes all boundaries into completely new dimensions and creates some of the most unique sounding Metal we have ever heard.

The release opens with the 18-minute tour de force “Apocrypha Carrion”, where the band starts off with furious guitar riffs and a very intense pace. The screamed vocals are quite hectic and very fitting for such chaotic music, but what really draws the listener is the funky subtle tempo changes mixed in with some more drastic near full-stop switches. We particularly enjoy the jazzy elements that transition the song’s multiple movements from chaos, to lush beauty and down the rabbit hole again.

As the perfect interlude, the sexy saxophone in “Weeping Stones” and its very mellow vibe create a very unique and relaxing atmosphere. As the track reaches its climax, we are treated to some delightful Post-Rock/Prog Rock passages with dreamy atmospherics and crafty guitars. Closing with our favorite track “Canonical Detritus” takes a darker turn with a Doomier edge and lush arrangements. Definitely another truly intense piece that completely takes the listener on one hell of a ride.

Overall, “III” is by far the most diverse and engaging release in 2019. I, Voidhanger Records continues to push the boundaries of music with their unique signings and releases. While we can write much more about the songs and ruin the magical surprises they hold, we prefer to just recommend this release for the adventurous megalomaniacs out there. If you don’t mind tons of influences blended together and some ‘unusual’ instruments/tempos for Metal, you will be rewarded with the brilliance of this release.

Band: In Human Form Album: III

Label: I, Voidhanger Records

Release: December 13th, 2019

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Genre: Experimental/Progressive Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 94/100

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