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Humanotone by Humanotone
Crank this to 9.3 of 11
Stoner rock, Metal
Astronoid, Church of Misery, Alcest
One man band? Red flags go off in our head. Will the music sound forced or lack texture? Will it bore us after a few rotations? Hell no! Jorge Cisternasia is one talented motherfucker. His vision is one that speaks to us balancing the heavy with the majestic. The self-titled debut from the Chilean master has tremendous diversity while tying back to a consistent overall vibe. The vocals are predominantly distant and soft taking you on a floating experience. Cisternasia, however, periodically infuses some death metal bellowing just at the right moments.
We are fascinated how he gets the rhythmic doom undertones to blend so well with the high-pitched fretwork. We hear moments of Satriani, Maiden and Crowbar but somehow the flow works and the album progresses quite intriguingly. While we prefer his distant spacial melodic vocals we do appreciate the fervor and texture afforded with the heavier metal vocals. Checkout the track, "Vidu Masivu," truly impressive black metal that works.
1. Caeras - 7:54
2. Wild Indian - 3:50
3. La Verdad - 9:41
4. Lucidez - 6:34
5. Dicergencia - 10:42
6. Condera Natural - 7:22
7. Herradura - 3:25
8. Vudo Massivo - 8:19
9. Corre - 7:40
What is the standout track?
All nine tracks measure up from the Satriani-like melodies in "La Verdad" to the entire kitchen sink of contrast in "Dicegencia". Ultimately it's the closer "Corre" that gets the prize. The fuzz on the track is extraordinary as Kyuss influences invigorate with one hell of a summit. Steady euphoric vocals through this track adds to the depth of this track. This is everything you want in a closing song.
What adult beverage do we recommend accompany Humanotone?
Rio Grande made by Sierra Blanca Brewing Company. At 4.67% ABV, this beer is as diverse as Humanotone and bursts with Chilean flavor. It has an unmistakable roasted chile aroma and flavor without being too hot. The whole chile is used to infuse the beer with a mild green chile flavor and leaves you with just a hint of heat on the back end.
How is the production for this Chilean debut?
For a one man excursion the sound on this album is quite warm and natural. The free form blending of each instrument that Jorge Cisternasia delivers is downright impressive. This is an above average headphone trip.
Final Thoughts for Humanotone?
Forget that we told you this was a one-man plays all album. Humanotone is full of depth and texture. Jorge Cisternasia's fretwork prowess soothes the ear with each rotation. Embrace this Chilean talent and put this one in heavy rotation. -
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