Review by Krys on March 1, 2014.
I guess I have to get used to be expecting the unexpected from French Psygnosis. I really just started getting into their 2013 EP "Sublimation" with its very atmospheric and emotional aura to be really kicked in my behind with new full-length "Human Be[ing]". Well, with songs spanning on average over 10 minutes it's not all full death metal assault here but don't expect hugging your puppy while listening to this either.
In short 2014 Psygnosis is less industrial, less melancholic and more pissed off. First track, except opening and ending with clean guitars, rips through the speakers with blasts and growls like there's no tomorrow, 'Resurrection' has more Gojira style to it with a progressive touch and even clean vocals are delivered here over blastbeats. Finally 'Lost In Oblivion' gives us some breathing room with eerie landscapes over spoken words and with mostly slow to mid tempos but don't close your eyes just yet cause every couple minutes you'll get slapped in your face. 'SilƎnt' doesn't start that silent either… you get the picture. Psygnosis just does whatever they feel like and however they feel like but it all works out at the end and it's not just genre mixing for sake of mixing, you can sense real passion and conviction in their work. There are no music boundaries or styles they won't try to deliver the message, and I love it.
This music might not be for everyone but if you're open minded and not afraid to venture outside genre's limits give them a try, you won't regret it and I'm not talking about just "Human Be[ing]" here. Listen to their last few releases and you'll find something different in each one of them.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Originality: 10 (this is based on the whole catalog not just this release)
Rating: 8.6 out of 10