|Review: Human Factor - Unleashed|
Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2006
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 12, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Just the kind of album I hate to review. It's good, I can play it over and over without feeling the urge to hit the skip or off buttons, yet there's isn't anything really remarkable about it. Human Factor is a power metal band hailing from Chile, and it's very decent power metal - the music isn't overly flowery, in fact they're more on the harder edge of power metal, there's quite a bit of variety with the occasional flirt with 80s metal sounds. The vocals are more or less high - there are times when the vocalist gets annoying by hitting the notes a little too high, while at other times when he tones it down a bit then the vocals practically become the highlight of a song. An unequal performance, but a lot better than many other power metal vocalist. On the musical side there's hardly anything to complain about - you get everything you expect in power metal: double bass, screaming solos, catchiness but most importantly Human Factor never fall into the trap of trying to go over the top for for the sake of it. A power metal album that edges more toward traditional metal than toward the over-produced crap that we're often fed is always welcome in this house.
Unleashed is not an album that will revolutionize the metal world and most likely won't end up in many top 10 lists, but it will surely please a lot of fans of the genre - I know I've been playing this one for several days and have yet to get tired of it. If you're looking for some good sober PM, this is it.
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