Released: 2006, Mausoleum Records
I don’t know about anyone else but I have a hard time believing Human Factor isn’t pushing the fact that they have a female member. The first thing I do when I get an album is leaf through the booklet so first thing I see is their female guitar player, Soledad Genua, front and centre in the band picture as well as her individual picture coming up on the second page. So, of course, I presume she’s an important part of the band, probably writing a lot of the material… further inspection proves otherwise. So what am I lead to initially believe? Human Factor are doing the same thing most bands are doing nowadays, get a female member that isn’t fugly, and pushing it, even in the most subtle of ways.
Anyways, enough of that semi-rant. Human Factor’s UNLEASHED was originally released in 2004 in their home country of Chile. Between then and 2006 Mausoleum Records got a hold of UNLEASHED and picked the album up for wide distribution. So what did Mausoleum see in this band? I have no idea. Human Factor play somewhat beefy power metal, this isn’t your flowery stuff, no Sonata Arctica or Kamelot comparisons here. Maybe if Helloween’s WALLS OF JERICHO had a modern touch with a Kiske imitator on vocals you’d get Human Factor. A mention of Seven Witches wouldn’t be out of place either. Of course, this isn’t of the same calibre as a Seven Witches or Helloween, but there are certainly similarities. The production job is solid enough; I didn’t notice any glaring errors, though the guitars do have a slightly “thin” sound to them.
Songs like “Sky Warning” immediately pick up the tempo, lots of double bass, and an abundance of pinch harmonics. Vocalist Dan Elbelman seemingly enjoys jumping around his upper range, sometimes to, what could be considered, a bit beyond his grasp. At times here he reminds me of Alan Tecchio, especially in the sense that while technically he’s an okay singer, there’s no passion or feeling for what he’s singing. “Inside Hell” has a little bit of that metal anthem style chorus to it, especially with the straightforward verse into open chorus and dual lead guitar fills. For track 5, “Fire”, the band finally slows down, if only marginally. The riffs and vocals breathe, but without overly strong riffs OR vocals, the song sounds flat and tired.
Human Factor have nothing terribly interesting about their music, its tired trad/power metal. In today’s metal scene, where it doesn’t seem to matter if you’re good or not, Human Factor has a label deal and worldwide distribution, while many, more deserving bands are left to fend on their own.