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Stephen Utterly excellent black metal with jazz influence. The musicianship is sterling. An interesting and rewarding listen.
Lovdahl, Ian
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Lovdahl, Ian the album sounded great, i was enjoying the proggy stylings combined with IN HUMAN FORM's scathing black metal...
...and then the saxophones come in, and i'm like, "is this the best thing i've ever heard?" Favorite track: Apocrypha Carrion.
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Tyme In Human Form inject their icy brand of black metal with perfect amounts of proggy jazz fusion goodness. A very tasty concoction indeed.

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Lead us into Temptation Into a convalescent state Whispers on a sickle's gleam As we follow ye unto Our Death Begining to end Every instance dissected All carcasses become sequences For submission To untangle the strands of worship For time will be perverted and exploited To never know truest splendour To never know truest form Watch now as the bleak turns wonderous The hour has come believe and repent! Raise your voices! Lift your hearts! The hour has come believe and repent! This, exactly what thou scythe has craved This enraptures such holocaust senses Oh, the wonderful lambs laid out for the sacrifice Their blood replenishes the dying Earth "The Deaths that close windows Are the Deaths that open doors" As vultures come to dismantle Bit by bit the flesh and the bones Raizing forms down to their frames Like so many stones in a cathedral You're grasping at straws You're praying to strawmen You're feeding on lies You've been thrown to the lions Maws seem so mysterious With their wings of purity It's in their jaws you'll disappear Masticated into excretus And who is the one who has bound us? Who is the one who sets us free? Human made manicles melt From everlasting fires within us Stars leaving a sense of no light Cosmic waves are obsolete From the ways to which we are bound To the forces from which we escape The veil is about to descend Descent is the key to creation Extremes of beyond is limitation Lapses of logic twisted towards faith Oblivion, ignites again In the doors of imagination: Does one need a key? A key to this lock Or am I the lock? Am I the key? I am the lock! Therefore I am the key! Tongues can be silenced by swords Hearts can be blinded by love Hate can be bounded by and to voids For your I is a Luminous Darkness Demise just seems so rational When existence is a disjointed curse We've clawed and we've tunneled Not through our own eyes But through our own I
Her immortality is displayed with irreverence And always with fear Our dear Medusa was scorned Disgraced in a Temple now profaned With snakes for hair And hatred for mortal man Not the vengeful Not the spiteful But the wronged Medusa Turn us to stone Medusa Use your gaze Turn Us to granite Make us weep tears of marble Force Our eyes to your gaze Medusa We stare!
I am the Living Word It breathes through me Sepulchral heart Replaces thy destiny Overthrown are these ways Thrown away are these chains Of mental boundaries Desecrating thy Divinity Oh, they will cut you for sure They know exactly what makes you bleed Oh, they have an Eye on your dreams They find the demonstration of sleep A surrender You'll Awaken but this Opening Dissolves the I Or it truncates it just enough So as to never lose its will Oh, they will cut you for sure You'll surrender through sleep Inside their Eye Naked, vibrant with temptation Fruit awakens us from bondage Aroused by pythonical hymns But also the vulva and penile desire Raking down the spine of Eden Pandemonium in your Paradise Bodies trembling in concupiscence In cancellation of the self Indulging in Lucidity Prostrating only to Knowledge Ophidian influence Divine disobedience The nightmare of Adamu Is but a dream of Eve This was the breaking point Let us not mince words: This was not designed to end eloquently Where is the gate we tread through? With a flaming sword guarding the way "Under the Eye, is where the serpent hides, He is in your blood, no use to trying to writhe. For He is You and You art Him, so far underneath the Eye you are, you are bound to make it blind" Oh, they crawl out As if it were all out war Oh, the stones they'll throw Oh, the laws they'll invoke Is this madness? Faint candles in the darkness Pray thy scythe cometh! "Twas not mere light Which awoke our sleeping eyes But the tragedy of reality Murdering our quiet dreams" They prohibit the blessed Above From feeling compassion For the damned, since such a sentiment Would diminish their bliss in Paradise In Paradise "I could have gone on non existing but these wounds were meant for gathering" Bones bursting through skin Emancipated from unseen forces Holding all four corners of the world Arteries tendril around pillars Veins erupt Through a visceral transformation Everlasting dimensional glares Crossroads between pact and forfeiture Torn between light and darkness A grand jaw opens wide Devouring the world So beith the way into light! Light! The hour has come! On the Event Horizon Subconscious seances Metastasize all longings Our Will sparked by Liberty's Flame Inner Morning Star restored Epochal light shall show without We are the jewels dashed upon the rocks Lapis Exillis struck from the crown A cup to my lips, I drink wrath's vino Towards none, none towards Nonetheless towards Nothingness Some say the pen is mightier Than the sword Except when the blade Is severing their windpipe


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“III” is the third full-length album of Massachussets' IN HUMAN FORM, a formidable quintet of highly talented musicians devoted to an avant-garde kind of metal with strong esoteric and philosophical tints. Their 2017 sophomore release, the amazing “Opening of the Eye by the Death of the I” was a remarkable blend of aggressive black metal and progressive music, but in “III” the band's style matures and evolves even further, birthing an audacious and breathtaking musical hybrid by perfectly amalgamating the musicians' extreme metal background with their love for 70's prog and jazz-fusion. “There were many new avenues that we experimented with, especially guitar solos”, explains guitarist Nicholas Clark; “that really tested out limits and dug up some interesting influences. A track like 'Weeping Stones' was actually recorded live with a few overdubs, to give it much more emotion and tightness; and I ended up using the Mellotron quite extensively as well, as a nod to our 70's prog influences.”

On the strength of an unbridled creativity and the innate elegance of their songwriting, IN HUMAN FORM pack an album comprised of only 3 long, very complex tracks. And yet they don't give in to the temptation to abandon the music to its own course. On the contrary, they conduct it with firmness towards horizons of incredible splendour and beauty, where the spiteful black metal vocals, the wondrous guitar-driven accelerations and the granitic rhythm section calm down to an atmosphere of pure lyricism, often culminating in majestic, colourful melodies and sensual notes of keyboards and saxophones.

Kishor Haulenbeek's cover painting --a modern Vitruvian Man, inscribed in perfect geometrical forms, yet chained up, blindfolded and muzzled-- speaks loud about the band's ultimate goal: to liberate the soul from its constraints, to find a meaning for our mortal existence by shaping the divine in human form.


released December 13, 2019

NICHOLAS CLARK - Guitar, Alto Sax, Keyboard,
Samples, Spoken Word on "Weeping Stones"
PATRICK DUPRAS - Vocals, Lyrics
SHALIN SHAH - Bass Guitar
DAVE KAMINSKY - Guitar, Engineering, Mixing

Guest Musicians:
EVAN CRANDELL - Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Sax

Cover painting by Kishor Haulenbeek
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
Cat. Nr. IVR124


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