DEAD ON ARRIVAL: The Human Abstract – Digital Veil
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 25 Comments
Every once in a while, I am unfortunate to hear an album so awful, so unimaginative, and so boring that I will physically take the CD and throw it out of the window of my car while driving down the highway (see: St. Anger and The Fall of Rome by Winter Solstice). Yes, I still listen to CDs. They just sound better.
I can proudly say to you that another album now holds this distinguished honor.
I decided to listen to The Human Abstract’s Digital Veil (released today at a Walmart near you) after it received heavy doses of praise from the guys over at MetalSucks (some even calling it “one of the best albums of the year so far”). The first thought that popped into my head was “Are they getting paid to promote this shit?”
This album is terrible. Be prepared for 36 minutes of the biggest attempt to mimic Between the Buried and Me you’ve ever heard. Nothing about Digital Veil stands out. Boring riff after boring classically-influenced guitar arpeggios, you are pummeled with mediocrity like it’s Yngwie Malmsteen’s Unleash the Fury, except Yngwie Malmsteen gets a pass because he has actually released good albums before and The Human Abstract have not.
The thing that really bothers me is the fact that it’s 2011 and, considering the competitiveness of the music industry, this band makes no attempt at trying to come up with anything original. It’s metal…GRAB THE LISTENER BY THE FUCKING THROAT. You want to know why metal bands don’t make the big money from album sales? Because 95% of them are fucking terrible and put out trite, unoriginal, emotionless garbage out year after year. The Human Abstract is no different.
The only time I thought I might get into this album was during the beginning of the title track, “Digital Veil”. That was until I realized I’ve heard this song a million times before by twenty different bands who all did it better.
Final verdict: If you’re a fan of falling asleep from boredom with your headphones on, then this album is totally for you. As for me, I’m going to listen to the new BTBAM song, which is actually creative and written by a band that tries to do big things instead of pretend they’re another band.