"Great melodies and heavy guitar riffs" boasts the accompanying press release for Superhuman's CD, and for once I have to agree this really does contain the ingredients it says on the tin. No need for trades description here then.
Having formed in 2004 this is Latvian (yes Latvian) four-piece metal outfit Superhuman's debut release. And it comes in the form of a 4 track EP produced by Welsh super producer Greg Haver (Manics, Lostprophets RJ Hall, to name but a few).
After almost a year getting the correct line up and then gigging with the legendary Billy Idol during 2005 readied the band for the studio and to his credit guitarist/founder Uldis has now assembled a group of musicians ready to take on the world in Kristian (vocals), Ed (Bass) and Dims (Drums). Securing the services of Mr Haver being the last part of the jigsaw ready for the recording of "Taste It"
Opening track "Voices"
sounds enormous, and it cataclysmic Ozzy era Sabbath riffs meets Paradise Lost
vocals leaves you in no doubt that these guys means business. This is big and
very clever metal that the band should be extremely proud of.
This flows into arena rockers "Fake" and "Lose You" in a similar modern melodic metal mould that should hopefully see the band acquire a licensing deal outside their native lands for this release. (Guys just continue to deal with the obstacles that have made your career path so difficult so far; your music competency speaks for itself).
The only moment that lets this disc down for me is the 2nd track "Alone", w hich is a touch too Euro formulaic metal, and maybe just too commercial in the same listening session as the blistering "Voices" and "Fake".
If you are wondering what the guys look like they also have a very strong image and look not unlike the latest "Hardcore Superstar" publicity pics, so they should have no issues in the charm department.
All in all this is a very professional package of memorable songs with a very strong latter day, dare I say, "Gothic Metal" vibe that would make most new UK bands of the same genre cry with ineptitude.
3½ out of 5
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