We have a rough industrial effort here from Human Pollution, who mix slight elements of death metal along with pounding and slightly gothic bits of black, reminding me just a little bit of The Kovenant‘s S.E.T.I. although not as memorable. The problem with this one for me, is that it could really be something with a slightly better production value. There are more than a few killer nodes on the disc, and I understand that the days of music aren’t quite what they were and bands just don’t have the kind of budgets that they used to, but I feel there is so much potential here that a good production value could really make this thing soar. As a matter of fact, I think that if the band does get noticed and is given a budget for a better production value, they should just remix this album and pick up the bottom end. Much of the musical performance seems to be in the background with the vocals soaring high above it, to the point where the music is outright drowned out in most instances. The programmed drums aren’t helping either, even though “Wish Death” contains a rather killer chorus moment and some notable experimentation, particularly during the portion when the harsh vocals pop up in the background later.
As the disc goes on, the formula seems to place itself somewhere between Korn and Marilyn Manson, with “Poorest Rich Man”, “Divorced With Children” (could this be MGTOW influenced?) and “Kingdumb” all continuing in the same sullen nature. The lyrics for “Kingdumb” are a bit cringey too, but I totally get the idea there. Of course, then we have the slightly more aggressive “No Life Matters” which definitely has quite a bit of promise and brings with it a chorus that reminds me a little of Sentenced‘s “Excuse Me While I Kill Myself” although with a little more sarcasm, which I enjoy. The mixture of harsh vocal and Korn influence is an odd fit, but it strangely works. “Here But Gone” continues the sorrow, but “Cuntroll” really catches my attention as it seems to dip into The Kovenant and Deathstars for a change. Once again, this is a rather strong album and I just think that it suffers from the production value.
Judging from my experience with this kind of thing, I think that in a different time, Human Pollution could be the next big thing. There are plenty of radio friendly cuts here like “New Sun” but mixed directly in with slightly rougher and rather depressive territory which might appeal to other types of music fans. Nothing here is black or death metal, but elements (at least in a vocal sense) are utilized here and there in a way that won’t feel oppressive to the casual listener. In all honesty, one of the many billionaires in this country needs to hand Human Pollution a million dollar note, if they make such a thing. I’ve heard rumors, but am not quite sure if the “one million dollar bank-note” actually exists. But if it does, it would be just what these guys need to go into a professional studio in order to get the very best production that money can buy. That would make this record really pop, and there’s so much potential here. Instead of hearing them write new songs with a higher production value, this record has so many pieces that are literally begging for a crisper, clearer sound.
Topping the performance off with a heavy hitter like “Born To Be Hated” shows that they have more to offer than you might expect from first glance and I truly found something noteworthy here. It just needs more ears and can hopefully get a nice, crisp revamp. Even so, what is available right now is nothing to scoff at for industrial rock and metal fans. This might be just what you need to hear if you weren’t happy with the latest Manson, Deathstars or Korn offerings. Check it out at the link below.
(11 Tracks, 48:00)
Purchase HERE (Bandcamp, they also have a bunch of older releases that you can check out.)