Sunday, August 25, 2013

Human Cometh - Mayan logic

Human Cometh - Mayan logic (2013) Independent
Produced by Morgan Pettersson / Dan Swanö
Tracks : 1.Deux ex machina 2.Grendles modor - Goddess of the Mere 3.Left behind 4.Wolves at the door 5.Coup de grace 6.Mayan logic 7.The darkening sky 8.Stay in line - Single file 9.Egle, the queen of serpents 10.Gates of Babylon
4,5 out of 5

Two years in the making, Human Cometh´s bandleader and main songwriter Morgan Pettersson worked even harder to find the right musicians for the 3rd album "Mayan logic". And it certainly paid off because the new album sounds terrific, the music is a bit heavier than the previous two albums "Evolution" and "HCII" and also a bit more progressive.
Besides Morgan, bassist Björn Pehrson is the only original member left in the Mk II line up, Walter Kelleher replaced Jon Robbins on drums and I must say that Walter performs some exceptional drumming on "Mayan logic". However, Jon sticked around to track drums on one song, "Stay in line".
Even though I miss Jay Schankman´s cool keyboard work on the new HC album, his two replacements Anders Plassgard and Gianluca Grasso participated in the metal art with a different approach. The Hammond organ adds a 70´s rock flavor to some of these new songs which is nice. The new lead singer Eric Johns is hardly a newcomer in the music business, he has released several albums and performed with blues rockers Southern Gentlemen for many years. A band founded by the 80´s guitarhero David T.Chastain.

Blues might be Eric´s homefield but let me tell you, he´s no stranger to this modern metal where his voice is reminiscent of Myles Kennedy and Chris Cornell at times. The star however of this band is none other than six string maestro Morgan Pettersson, he´s got a perfect tone and his riffs and solos are both intelligent and flabbergasting. With influences like Opeth, Yngwie Malmsteen and Eric Johnson - the music from Human Cometh stays interesting from the first second of "Deux ex machine" to the instrumental virtuoso of "Egle, the queen of serpents". And as a special bonus, the new album ends with an epic cover of Rainbow´s classic "Gates of Babylon".
The only thing preventing me from giving this 5 stars, is track no.2 "Grendles modor" that don´t move me at all. But who cares when the rest is pure brilliance, I take off my hat and bow to these metal heroes.
And you´re so right Eric when you sing "Only zeros and ones, only ones and zeros, one man´s devil is another man´s hero".
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