Released: 2009, Maple Metal Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Scenically from a beautiful Pisa, Tuscany (Italy), crawls out this angry and aggressive 5-piece thrash/death metal act called Subhuman who have been around since 2001, starting out as a thrash metal cover band. After going through some line-up changes over the years, the band hit Studio 73 in November 2008 to record their debut full-length album, carrying the title PROFONDO ROZZO, which has now been put out by a small Canadian indie label Maple Metal Records.
First note: The musicianship of these 5 Italian fellows is on a very professional level. The guys sound like they know each other very well and know exactly how they want Subhuman to sound like. Thereīs not even a slightest question about that.
Second note: Despite the bandīs enormous ability to kick ass technical-wise, they seem to lack in the originality department, and quite much even I would say. But that does not mean that they could not be liked. I like them I really do. Subhuman combine some elements that have been ripped out from a modern, fast-paced thrash with a modern sounding death metal - and the vocals of Fabrizio have a bit of metalcore-ish twist in them. But it all works relatively well for them within their aggressive metal craziness, and thatīs all that matters really, I think. Subhuman offers lots of neck-breaking and hair-messing moments on their debut - and having always been a fan of ripping, all-piercing riffs, I am glad to hear that both Matteo and Elia manage to impress me, especially in that department by giving a serious shredding lesson with their 6-stringer riff spitting machines. Also, their lead work is flawless and top-notch, so it can be said that Subhuman has got at least a couple of killer aces in their own pack.
All the 9 songs on PROFONDO ROZZO beg no mercy, but ruthlessly try to do their very best to pound our heads the best they can and succeeding in it pretty well even, too. Naturally a good production helps them to achieve some of these goals as well, to make us impressed by this frantic wholeness even more.
Final conclusion: Fans of modern sounding, technically advanced and somewhat fast-paced thrash/death metal will definitely find a lot of pleasure in this release. Those of you who are searching for more originality, keep on listening to your whatever annoying artsy-craftsy bands. Listening to Subhuman is more fun and entertaining though, I can tell.