Musical Massacre – Inhuman
German Democratic Recordings
Release Date: 11/12/2020
Running Time: 38:48
Review by Victor Augusto
One of the best things about being part of a great team as I am at Ever Metal, alongside people who truly support Heavy Metal around the world, are the number of friends and bands we can meet on this journey. Even before I joined Ever Metal, I had met amazing people. Do you want one example? In 2017, I started to listen to a Heavy Metal radio show called ‘Sare’s Invasion’, hosted by my dear friend Sara McIntosh, and there I met Olaf, the guitarist of the German band that I am reviewing right now. There, I also met Ritchie Randall from the band Gravehuffer, alongside other people and, in all cases, I became a fan of their bands and was able to review their albums. DJ Sara also mentioned Ever Metal to me and, thanks to her, I am here now, destroying another intro on one of my reviews 😊. Look at how music has connected people from Brazil, USA, UK, and Germany. Isn’t it so amazing? Anyway, let’s talk about the third Musical Massacre album, “Inhuman”.
Musical Massacre is that kind of band that has been making noise for a long time. They were born in the nineties but quit after a few years with just two demos released. This is the third full album since they returned in 2012. Again, they have a new singer on this album, like a curse of changing the singer for each new release, but Wolfgang (Rothbauer) has brought a new spirit to MuMa (this is what we, the fans, call the band). On first listen, I felt very clearly that he kept a guttural, dragging voice, typical of the band, but he has the versatility to offer a rawer kind of voice, too.
I don’t know how this singer change has influenced them, but musically, the band still value all of the dark atmosphere, from the war themes they talk about. It is not the usual blackened spirit like from bands such as 1914, who are totally immersed with World War One. MuMa show an incredibly sad spirit when they talk about their themes. Their music is more like old school Death Metal, like Bolt Thrower or Asphyx. This time, they have given more value to melodies, alongside faster cadences, than the previous album “Off To War.” It sounds much more aggressive and angrier this time. The band have chosen a less clear production for “Inhuman”, which surprised me, but it’s nothing too dirty, and it keeps a good sonority for the album.
My greatest surprise here, however, were the melodies. It is not a new element for Musical Massacre, but the work between Andrè Hase and Olaf Gerold is very impressive. They complement each other, sometimes with independent riffs from each guitar, and not only that typical wall of rhythms that we are used to hearing from the band. ‘Foxhole’, the first track after the beautiful/melancholic acoustic ‘Awakening’, is a good example of this new face of the band. Still talking about guitar, I noticed a stronger guitar pick over a few parts, as on the title track ‘Inhuman’.
‘The War – The Transcendence – The Possession’ is an interesting song because of all the riffs. This even reminded me of Sepultura in the “Chaos AD” era, not only through the composition, but also the arrangements. This song showed me a new element of the band’s sonority, like the (already mentioned) melodies on the chorus, which reminded me of bands that are not a specific influence for them, like Dark Tranquility. Nevertheless, if you consider that the main message of every album from Musical Massacre is the sadness and disgrace that comes from war, it is easy to fit on “Inhuman”. Another example that has this strong element is ‘When Compassion Dies’. So much reference to Gothenburg Melodic Death Metal from the nineties. Of course, it is just a reference, for a few moments, but it shows how the band is navigating through new oceans, even though they keep the heavy sonority of an old school Death Metal band.
David Beyer does a great job on drums, always with a good cadence, but using double kicks and exploring rhythmical changes. Great drums fills, too. The bass of Uwe Limberger is noticeably clear, considering it appears between two heavy guitars. The ending song of the album ‘Gustloff’ shows some influences that reminded me of Trey Azagthoth, even though Morbid Angel is not exactly a main reference to their sound.
If you are a guitar lover, you are probably going to love this album. Not only the guitar work, either. It’s also amazing how MuMa can mix together all the heaviness from strong, old school Death Metal, with a sonority that is not hard to digest. Everything is so clear to hear in each musical style that it could have easily become a mass of sound if it weren’t so well played or recorded. These changes in the band’s music, after the two previous releases, has brought about their most mature album. “Inhuman” is the same Musical Massacre we know, but it carries an evolution, and a new face, coming with the new singer, that can offer more possibilities on vocal lines. I cannot wait to see how it will sound live!
‘Warhead’ (Official Video)
03. Operation Neptune
06. When Compassion Dies
07. …and Those Shall Bleed
08. The War – The Transcendence – The Possession
Wolfgang Rothbauer – Vocals
Andrè Hase – Guitars
Olaf Gerold – Guitars
Uwe Limberger – Bass
David Beyer – Drums
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