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Minushuman: Bloodthrone

Originally scheduled for release in June, Minushuman's Bloodthrone will not be out till August. While this delay might seem annoying to some, there is actually a good reason behind it. The band's label, Season of Mist, decided to push the release in order to be able to release the album internationally, and not just in Europ, which was the original plan. And, that was a very good decision, because this, their sophomore album, is actually quite good, and deserves the attention of the entire world and not just Europe.

Minushuman are often described as a thrash metal band, and, while there certainly are many thrash metal elements on this album and the semi-growled vocals are very death-thrash, Bloodthrone is much too ecletic and melodic, in my opinion, to be considered a thrash metal album as such. There is a very modern feel to this release, and the music is, although powerful, generally very melodic and might well be described as a refreshing alternative to the Gothenburg brand of melodic metal. Keyboards are ubiquituous on this album, but not dominant, as their primary function is to provide a fat layer of melancholic atmosphere, which generates a very big and almost epic sound, at times reminiscent of a darker kind of power metal.

Most of the tracks are considerably heavy and evoke the same sort of atmosphere associated with Paradise Lost (especially the closing track contains passages that seem inspired by Paradise Lost), and there are plenty of different types of groovy passages, while some tracks also contain almost uplifting riffage for instance, ther eis a very captivating melodic utempo riff that recurs in "The Architect", and the intros of "Evolve" and "Three Mile Island" are awesomely hard rocking, with the latter being the most thrashy track on the album along with "Another All" with its blend of crossover thrash and melodic black metal.

Bloodthrone draws on many subgenres of metal, and you can hear elements from gothic metal, industrial metal, melodic death metal, thrash metal, hard rock, doom metal and alternative metal, and Minushuman successfully integrate all of these elements into their own very consistent and coherent brand of melodic melancholic modern metal, which is very captivating and enjoyable to listen to.

Track Listing:
1. The Architect
2. The Size of an Ocean
3. Evolve
4. The Day We Died
5. Forgotten Fields
6. Three Mile Island
7. Godspeed
8. Another All
9. Bloodthrone
10. Kill Me

Added: September 11th 2011
Reviewer: Kim Jensen
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2524
Language: english

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Minushuman: Bloodthrone
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-09-11 19:44:22
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Minushuman are a relatively new modern metal outfit hailing from France, and their sophomore album (as well as their first for Season of Mist) was unleashed in the form of Bloodthrone. An eclectic album that manages to blend thrash metal, groove metal, melodic death metal, and gothic metal, Bloodthrone immediately shows that Minushuman don't set out to sound like any other act on the scene. I greatly appreciate the band's unique approach to modern thrash metal, and their eclectic sound should easily distance them from the hordes of uninspired groove-thrash clones. I can't quite shake the feeling that Bloodthrone lacks in the department of truly spectacular and memorable songwriting, but it has enough positive assets to make it a recommendable acquisition. Even though there's a lot of potential that's left untouched, the entire album is of unquestionably high quality, and those seeking more adventurous thrash metal should probably investigate this one.

Despite the songwriting rarely branching out above the "slightly-above-average" category, this is objectively an impressive release. The musicianship is excellent, the production is professional, and the music itself is well-composed and consistent. Add in Minushuman's eclectic and unique sound, and you have an album that is worth checking out for fans of the genre. Those who enjoy groovy riffs, harsh vocals, and a sense of melody in their thrash metal should find plenty to love here.

Bloodthrone may not contain the best songwriting I've heard this year, but a few excellent tracks like "Forgotten Fields" and the overall professionalism save this one from mediocrity. Minushuman shows plenty of potential with this observation, but it will take just a little bit more until I'm completely sold. I'd say a recommendable 3 stars are well-deserved. Modern thrash fans should definitely check this out, but more casual fans of the genre can probably pass.

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