Everyone needs at least one record in their collection that opens with a scream. It’s oddly satisfying.
Human Cull are pretty much what you would expect from a band with such a name. Revenant is blast beat central, only taking breaks for some Doom style Hardcore before continuing to thrash the living shite out of everything in sight (permission granted for them to use that line in their next release).
If you actually follow The Cauteriser and read my pathetic excuses for reviews, you will know in my Forever In Debt post that I was already super pumped to check this out, being a fan of Human Cull for a year or more now. They are a nice satisfier of those Grindcore cravings, previous releases being more of a mindless noise fest. As much as I like them, I have to be in the right zone to get into them. With Revenant, there is a lot more obvious depth to the structures and varying styles woven into the album.
Previous relations aside, Human Cull are all about being loud and heavy as fuck. Between the fast paced crust and the slow hard hitting breaks, Revenant is littered with segments that will divert your attention to ensure you’ve not drifted away. Safe to say, this is one album that you can’t just throw on in the background. Across its medley of short bursts, there is almost always something to deliver that “fuck yeah!” factor.
Revenant has no messing around; straight in, straight out, no time to breathe. The only track to surpass to 2 minute marker is the closing Endless Purgatory, and that is only because the guitars ring out as they leave you with a strange silence. It’s one of those cases where you forget what that once was. The messy punk approach and the heavy onslaught of guitar and drum thrashings keep the energy peaked whilst giving off a rather fun aura about its barrage of Death-Metalesque noise.
There’s not a great deal more for me to say. The blend of some of the most unrelenting genres into a variety so snappy structures leaves this one of the loudest highlights of 2018 so far. If you need an album that will scream back at the voices in your head to make them shut up for a while, why not check out Revenant. People you hate will hate it, and that’s always a good thing!
Jake Hancke – 23/04/2018
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