Humaniac (Russia) - Until the Light Fakes Us - Featured & Interviewed By Metal Hammer ! Check it out here at this link: http://www.metalhammer.it/interviste/2022/12/28/humaniac-into-the-kingdom-of-graves/
Active since 2010, Humaniac are a Russian band that has been able to show off thanks to an extremely technical and refined mix of black and progressive death. Artem Zurnadzhiev on vocals, Alexey Kotov and Andrey Rybakov on guitar, Vadim Kotov on bass and Kirill Chumachek on drums are back today with ' Until The Light Fakes Us' the group's third studio work. Which, compactly, the newcomer presents to us.
Guys, welcome to Metal Hammer Italia. How about breaking the ice by introducing yourself to our readers?
“It's a difficult question, it's often difficult to present our music using words alone. Often we can't even explain it to ourselves. From the outside it may look like a crazy mix of different metal (and not only metal) sub-genres, but there is no intention to mix certain styles in a certain proportion. We just make music the way we see it."
What are the bands that have most marked you stylistically?
“We've always listened to a lot of symphonic black and progressive death. As a band we can mention Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth, Death, Obscura…However, we listen to almost all styles of heavy metal and only those”.
'Until The Light Fakes Us' is your third album. Can you tell us about it?
“This album is more black metal oriented than the previous ones. But the basic elements of our music remain the same: precise technical parts, sophisticated harmony and structure, non-standard movements. We are also proud of the fact that the drums, unlike previous albums, were recorded live. We also find that the sound is better overall than in the past. Finally, we avoided a lot of composition and recording mistakes made earlier, so the record sounds more solid."
How long did it take to write and record the album?
“It is difficult to calculate, the process has extended over time. The first songs were written in 2013, some parts were recorded in 2018. Of course we had many other non-musical projects and activities in this period, so it is difficult to estimate the sheer time that we spent”.
What is the thing that most challenged you during the making of 'Until The Light Fakes Us'?
“Probably the drum recording, because studio time was limited and it was our first experience of this kind. Other parts were recorded under circumstances we are more used to."
Were there any key lyrical themes you explored in the songs on 'Until The Light Fakes Us'?
“Generally no. The lyrics mainly deal with different philosophical ideas and concepts, quite deep but not closely related to each other. Some songs are very personal.”
Is there a song that you think represents Humaniac more today?
“As for the music we prefer not to single out any song. As for the lyrics: maybe 'The Semblant Dichotomy'. It's a very personal song and probably the only one where the lyrics are as important as the music."
How has your approach to writing, recording and touring changed over the years?
“Aside from the obvious error work, we feel our approach has become more rational and temperate. Previously we have often exaggerated with strange ideas.
What is the most valuable thing you learned while writing, recording and releasing 'Until The Light Fakes Us'?
"We've learned that the further you go, the more you need to properly prepare for publishing, public relations, and advertising."
What will be the next steps of Humaniac? What should we expect from them?
“We will probably do some live concerts in 2023. As for new material, we often joke that the band was founded in 2011, the releases were in 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2022. The intervals between these dates are numbers exact Fibonacci numbers, 1, 2, 3, 5, so the next release will be in 8 years, in 2030. Let's hope not”. Metal Hammer
Release Date: 08/26/2022
FFO: The Faceless, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Shadow of Intent
Location: Moscow, Russia
Press Release about the record:
Humaniac always tried to take the brightest ideas from different metal subgenres and express them through complex structures, progressive harmonies and ultra-fast and precise instrument parts. This album isn't an exception. Moreover, it shows, that Humaniac is not just an interesting postmodern experiment, as many thought before, but an act with unique holistic musical philosophy, solid and evolving at the same time. New release is black metal oriented, but surely contains "spots of light", both musically and lyrically, the band doesn't shy away major scales and life-affirming themes. Also, we are proud to mention, that all instruments (even solos and blast beats 260+ bpm 16-th notes) are recorded live.
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Humaniac is not a typical metal band not only in terms of music but in terms of its history as well. It is still not clear what to count a founding year, which style it refers to and if there are going to be regular shows in the nearest future as members of the band live not only in different cities but in different continents.
Since 2012 Humaniac has released 3 full-length albums and several singles and EP's. The band did some tours in Russia and played shows with artists like Hate and Vader, but preferred to spend last 2 years on preparing new material that is both very different from what you could hear on previous albums and still is very Humaniac: complex structures, technical riffs, ultra fast solos, symphonic arrangements and all other staff that you can expect but now in a more mature and sometimes more innovative manner. Latest album called Until the Light Fakes Us was released in August 2022.
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