The last year or so has given us a glimpse into the darker sides of human existence, which London newcomers Human Hell address with their chaotic death metal meets deathcore soundtrack for turmoil, suffering, misery and panic. Exclaiming “the only guarantee in life is death,” the band offer up complex, pounding rhythms and raw energy they describe as “hell on earth.”
The North London quartet of Evan, Steven, Tom and Tom describe their terrifying dark metal sound as: “Human Hell’s sound spawns an aura of panic. We have tried with our new music to fashion a sound with a threateningly rude mix that is genuinely louder than any song out there. Big up Charlie Wilson Jr. at Monolith studios for the mix and master.”
This new music has been influenced by the ongoing pandemic and the effect it’s had on the world and people. As the band tell us: “With the advent of the pandemic, it opened our eyes to the wider scope of our world. Over the course of the last year, the mirror has been shattered. We knew then that this was the time for us to hold back no longer.”
Our latest taste of this is new single Amalantrah, a word that comes from experiments carried out by occultist Aleister Crowley. It opens up with low-tuned chugging guitar and doomy drums, which are joined by a searing synth sound. That drops into a huge mass of booming guitars and ferocious screamed vocals, then intensely fast-paced drums kick in alongside a higher-pitched guitar.
The synth sound drops back in over rolling drums and heavy guitars as the pace slows down a touch with drawn-out guitars. A huge low-tuned riff takes over, then the pace picks up with seriously heavy drums and chugging guitars supporting guttural screamed vocals. That gives way to a dark, atmospheric conclusion of chugging bass, high-pitched synths and terrifyingly heavy drums.
On the track, the band told us: “People should expect to be on their toes. There’s not really many comforting points where we allow you to take a breath. The music video will definitely give you an insight into the subjects we write about.” Check it out for yourself here:
The band previously released debut EP The Only Guarantee In Life Is Death last year, from which a personal favourite is intense closing track and debut single Misery. It opens up with a cool darting riff over an eerie synth, which continues as the pace picks up and savage vocals take over. Mid-way through stabbing synth sounds and wild drums drop into a deliciously low-tuned riff, which drops into a doomy pause for breath then kicks into a big guitar solo over heavy screamed vocals. Check it out in the video here:
The EP is packed with brilliantly intense, powerful deathcore, as highlighted by tracks like Idle Hands and Magdalene. There’s also the excellent Overthrown, which starts out slowly before bursting into low guitars and little flurries of guitar notes. A cool guitar lick comes in as an onslaught of screamed vocals takes over, then a building synth sound drops into more melodic guitars and driving drums over big screamed vocals. Check it out here:
The Human hell sound has been heavily influenced by death metal greats like Slayer and Cannibal Corpse, deathcore influences like Job For A Cowboy and The Acacia Strain, and newer heavy bands like Conjurer. And on what inspires their music they tell us: “Lyrics are heavily influenced by the works of Robert Munroe and Manly P Hall and the nature of reality.”
Expect much more music to come from Human Hell soon, and you can see them at two London gigs supporting From Sorrow To Serenity and Immerse, and Monasteries and Gassed Up.