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HUMAN - HUMAN @ The Dux De Lux, Christchurch, 15 May 2003

21 Dec 2005 // A review by humanmetal
Yes, that crazy, close-knit crew of gratuitous, gore obsessed metal heads are back after a well deserved break of two years, and, I am glad to say, in fine form.

Human have been stomping around since 1992, gaining a reputation as the bastions of old-school Christchurch metal. Even though they are remembered for "off the wall" performances, Human, through time and line up changes, have significantly altered their attitude towards music production and performance, as seen in releases such as the 30 minute metal massacre The Sound Of Yellow and the infamous video Paytoilet Of Despair. Heavy, horrific and humorous without being stupid or slapstick, they show how Human is pure metal that doesn't deviate into any other sound or style.

With many long-time-no-show metal heads riding the old guard, packing the room with leathers, scraggly locks and Sabbath horns (not the bloody "gnarly dude" Robbie Williams shit), the bar staff at the Dux were treated to the not so socially appeasing side of ChCh music. With a storming set of classics and newbies, Tim, Vaughn, Scott and Paul reminded me of how much fun a metal gig could be. Happily assaulted by grinding, garroting, grating, clanging, banging guitars and drums, as well as humorous interludes and song titles (only devised by a group of certified nuts with too many George A,. Romero movies and Carcass albums infecting their mutant minds).

It was wicked to experience a freaking funny, high energy gig that made the audience grunt and screech like they never really cared in the first place. The boys are back and things may (hopefully) never be the same again.
 

About HUMAN

HUMAN - the name that is synonymous with New Zealand metal.

This Christchurch based four piece band, established in 1992, have long been pushing the boundaries of traditional metal music in New Zealand to create a musical style they can truly call their own. Encompassing the awesome abilities of Scott Spatcher-Harrison (vocals / lead guitar), Kezz Brewster (8 string rhythm guitar) and Vaughn Richardson (vocals / distorted bass) and Daniel Pawsey (drums), HUMAN present audiences with a ferocious sonic attack of blindingly fast rhythms and skillfully played melody, made ever more fearsome with the triple vocal frontline covering the low / mid / high range growls, screams and roars.

In it's time HUMAN have become one of the most respected names in New Zealand metal. Having played alongside international heavyweights the like of Dragonforce, Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation, the band have gained a reputation as a band that has truly earned it's status and standing in the scene. With a large back catalog of recordings, live television performances, festival headline slots and a massive fan base HUMAN have proved that with no label an independent band can still come out on top. With hundreds of shows behind them, including both local and overseas, the band looks set to continue for many years to come.

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Releases

Cadaver Academy
Year: 2009
Type: Album
Blood Bucket
Year: 2004
Type: Album
Human (Demo)
Year: 2002
Type: EP
The Sound Of Yellow
Year: 1999
Type: Album
Playtime For The Sex Machine
Year: 1996
Type: Album
Not So Famous Game Show Themes
Year: 1995
Type: Album
Things That Make You Go...
Year: 1993
Type: EP
Vomit Discreetly
Year: 1993
Type: Album
Organ Splatters
Year: 1992
Type: EP

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HUMAN - Album review for "Blood Bucket" - May 2005 (RIP IT UP magazine)
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HUMAN - Album review for "The Sound Of Yellow" - Dec 2002 (Sonic Death 'zine UK)
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