Punknews.org
The Human Abstract - Nocturne (Cover Artwork)

The Human Abstract

The Human Abstract: NocturneNocturne (2006)
Hopeless Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
User Rating:


Contributed by: Ben_ConoleyBen_Conoley
(others by this writer | submit your own)

Maybe I don't get it -- but I prefer to think that I'm validated in not liking the new Human Abstract album, Nocturne. If this, the band's first album, had decided to stick to a more straight-up or at least more convincing metal line, then they could have succeeded, but instead the band seems to .
iTunes StoreAmazon


Maybe I don't get it -- but I prefer to think that I'm validated in not liking the new Human Abstract album, Nocturne.

If this, the band's first album, had decided to stick to a more straight-up or at least more convincing metal line, then they could have succeeded, but instead the band seems to be grabbing a little bit of "this" and "that" from far too many places to come off with anything convincingly authentic or enjoyable. The band's mixture of old-school metal, hardcore, and tech-metal come together in a way that doesn't seem forced, but rather careless.

That's not to say that there aren't perfectly enjoyable moments on Nocturne. In fact, the album's more technical guitar parts are amazing, but they're often forgotten as soon as they get muddled out by another sound that seemed to have come from nowhere and with no reason.

To its credit, the band has produced a well-produced and crafty album, but there's simply too much going on from too many different places to make me want to pop it back in my stereo anytime soon.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Refused - The Shape of Punk to ComeA Wilhelm Scream - RuinerComeback Kid - Wake The DeadProtest the Hero - KeziaDarkest Hour - Undoing RuinDeath By Stereo - Day of the DeathConverge - No HeroesThe Clash - London CallingEmery - The QuestionRefused - Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
meitang (October 24, 2010)

JULIstone is a China Stone Manufacturer which supply Granite Tile,Paving Stone, Granite Paving, Polished Granite ,may be you can choose something.

ThAbstract (April 17, 2008)

Ok, dude im gonna kill your babies. Hence the name The Human ABSTRACT. The music is of abstract songs so the instrumental work will be of the abstract theme. Best band ever... i miss aj...

fiasco (January 22, 2007)

i just recently drove to minneapolis to see them at station 4, and im not going to lie they can pretty much nail their sound and then some. coming from a critical guitarist and aspiring musician i must say i dont say this very often. the album may sound like its coming from every direction but dont be fooled they know exactly what they are doing and thats no joke. so before reveiwing an album you self admittedly claim not listening to very much i suggest you take a more in depth listen and maybe things will pan out for your ignorance...

Anonymous (November 23, 2006)

The person who reviewed this album obviously isnt a musician. I dont think anyone in The Human Abstract is even legal age to drink and yet they can put out such an amazing album.

Anonymous (September 25, 2006)

gay sex is fun

Anonymous (September 25, 2006)

is Hopeless keeping on producing useless bands trying to find the new Thrice ?!?

arrhythmia (September 24, 2006)

Millencolin's first albums are okay. The only one worthy of eight to ten stars though is pennybridge.

Wilhelm is good too. I don't know if they're ten stars, but up there.

The other bands are pretty crappy considering the equipment they have. They could be a lot better. And Much The Same is a joke. Altogether that genre sounds regurgitated.

The majority of your reviews are Victory releases, that relatively sound the same. When I was younger, I was a big fan of Suicide Notes And Butterfly Kisses, so I still have a soft spot for that CD, even though it's bad. That's about as far as I go though. The rest of it is manufactured shit.

crazytoledo (September 24, 2006)

Posted by arrhythmia on 2006-09-22 23:58:55

crazytoledo has this opposite rating scale going on that's quite effective. it almost works better than the reviews themselves. from now on, reviewers should post blank pages, and let toledo comment on them. whatever he rates the CD, have the reviewer rate the exact opposite.

e.g: 5 stars = half a star
4 1/2 starts = 1 star

and so on


Which would cause massive problems because I'd give out 8-10s to albums by bands like Millencolin, Much the Same, No Trigger, A Wilhelm Scream, With Honor, Crime In Stereo, Pennywise, Comeback Kid, etc.

arrhythmia (September 22, 2006)

crazytoledo has this opposite rating scale going on that's quite effective. it almost works better than the reviews themselves. from now on, reviewers should post blank pages, and let toledo comment on them. whatever he rates the CD, have the reviewer rate the exact opposite.

e.g: 5 stars = half a star
4 1/2 starts = 1 star

and so on

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

they are very talented but the whole cd seemed like they had trouble trying to piece each song together

crazytoledo (September 22, 2006)

This is one of the best albums of the year in my opinion.

Part Between the Buried and Me. Part Candiria, and it works extremly well.

Big_Guy (September 22, 2006)

That song Crossing The Rubicon is really fucking good. I think the rest of the album is kinda bland, but that song smokes

not a terrible band by any means

Exclusive Streams

Sponsored


Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go