Album: Bloodthrone
Label: Season Of Mist
Genre: Atmospheric Thrash Metal

Every now and again I come across a band that sounds incredibly familiar, but still very unique. It just so happens that these bands come straight from the Season Of Mist roster, and occasionally they also happen to be from France. Alongside other French metal gargantuan bands such as Gojira, Alcest, Hacride, Gorod, Deathspell Omega, and more the band MINUSHUMAN is taking the metal bar and bringing it up a notch with their unique and progressive style of metal.

To try and pigeonhole MINUSHUMAN into something so uncanny as “atmospheric thrash metal” doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, nor does it really even describe their sound, but that’s what the band likes to call itself. If I were to describe their sound, it would have to be a mix of death, thrash, groove, sludge, progressive and black metal. Incorporating just about any type of rhythm and groove under the metal sun MINUSHUMAN wanders from thrash section to groove section to a section seemingly out of the pages of the Isis book–all masterfully woven together by Cedric Moise’s blackened, thrashy rasp.

Sometimes the biggest strength of an album isn’t that there are a lot of great moments, but rather, that the album has a serious lack of weak moments. That’s exactly the case with Bloodthrone. Every song, riff, verse, chorus, etc. is at the very least “pretty good” and in many cases, are actually great. Where many acts would put filler songs, MINUSHUMAN just put solid songs that are just a change of pace, such as the droning “Godspeed” before picking up the pace for the album’s home stretch.

Unless you have some weird bias against francophones, there’s little to nothing to complain about with this album outside of just how multi-dimensional it feels. There’s something seriously wrong with the metal world if this album doesn’t get a lot of attention both from critics and fans when it drops in August as it has such universal metal appeal. Something about these Frenchmen, they just know how to do metal right.

Overall score: 9/10
Review written by: Jordan Munson

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