Review by JD on April 7, 2011.
With the influx of so many Death Metal bands from all over the world, it is getting harder to pick out those very few bands that really stand out and deliver something new to the waiting masses - with so many out there, that process is damned near impossible. Looking to the Death Metal capital of Sweden for clarity, we see the five member band Human Desolation looming on the horizon. Perhaps they will bring the true meaning of Death.
They are deemed to be Melodic Death Metal, which they seem to be sort of. They seem to be more of a lackluster take-off (or rip-off) of Metalcore sort of like Killswitch Engage (they do a cover of KE’s 'Fixation Of The Darkness'). Neither of these metal styles they use seems to mesh together, nor do they ever find their own style on this five track EP. It sounds good in theory, but with the lack of any shred of originality in their music, it just does not seem that they have grown enough.
Most of the tracks seem to be exactly like one another, even the badly picked Killswitch Engage cover seems to be almost like the others to the point of sounding like their original songs. The saving grace on this CD is the third song on the disk, one that truly does saves this album from total flopping. 'Until I...' is the lone departure of the bands bland and uninspired style. With a greater style and better song structure, it is a improvement they have offered up. Catchy and brutal with a pulse of pure originality coursing through ever pounding riff. This shows the band has promise if they drop the other unfortunately written material. It is good to hear on an album that is really bad on so many levels, that there is a small grain of hope for that band.
Human Desolation has one track that if they learned from the mistakes of the other songs they have wrote (never copying the song over and over) - they are going to be a band to watch. If they do not, I have my reservations about their future.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Musicianship: 6 (exception of 'Until I...' that is an 8)
Rating: 5.4 out of 10