If there's one band straight away that HUMAN DIRGE remind me of it's NEVERMORE. They combine the same sort of blend of Death/Thrash Metal with somewhat unorthodox clean vocals and even sometimes a slightly Progressive feel, it's a match made in heaven. Of course, they're different in their own ways, but after hearing this band, I straight away wanted to listen to NEVERMORE. Maybe it's just me.
This isn't a bad thing though, NEVERMORE are a quality band – and HUMAN DIRGE don't have anything to complain about being compared to them. On “Seventy Times Seven” the listener is pounded with lots of heavy rhythmically varied riffs, some almost catchy vocals which remind a lot of a slightly calmer version of Thrash screaming, while the drumming pounds away. The three songs here are full of intensity and aggression, and it's great to listen to when you're just in the mood to smash something.
It's also quite well varied, I mean the song's all sound slightly similar but the band know how to change the tempo even just slightly to keep interest throughout. The guitarists throw down a lot of really interesting and simply awesome riffs, the vocals might take a couple of listens to get used to but like NEVERMORE they really give the music a good feel of aggression and emotion, certainly slightly more unique than the typical Death grunt you might expect with this music.
All in all, with it being only 3 songs long there's not a lot to judge from here, but I can tell that there's potential. If they managed to keep this sort of intensity up for a full album they'd be on to a winner.
(Online August 21, 2009)