Human Bodies are a band from Massachusetts that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of raw black metal and crust punk and this is a review of their 2015 cd compilation "MMXII-MMXIV" which was released by Caligari Records and consists of their 2013 demo, 2014 ep and a couple of unreleased tracks.
Distorted guitar noises start off the compilation before going into a very fast and r aw black metla direction t hat also uses a great amount of blast beats and high pitched screams and after awhile elements of crust punk and d beat are added into the music and when guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in more of a melodic style.
Throughout the compilation there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some of the riffs also use melodies at times as well as adding in a touch of black'n'roll and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and they manage to keep everything in a very raw, heavy and aggressive manner throughout all of the tracks.
With their earlier material and unreleased tracks Human Bodies shows that their music has been very heavily rooted in a crusty black metal style since the start and the music also has a dark atmosphere at times while also being very heavy, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover violent and hateful themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding compilation from Human Bodies and if you are a fan of crust influenced raw black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Covenant" "Stygian Reverie" "While the Others Wait" and "Malice Prepense". 8 out of 10.