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Unleashing the Metal Church: A Review of 'Human Factor'

"Human Factor," the fourth offering from heavy metal stalwarts Metal Church, once again showcases the band's enduring commitment to their signature sound.

Led by the creative force of Kurdt Vanderhoof, this album carries forward the band's legacy with distinctive arrangements and powerful performances.

From the opening notes of the title track, it's evident that Metal Church hasn't strayed far from their recognizable style.

Mike Howe, with his thundering snarls and commanding presence, steals the show. His vocals, coupled with prominent choruses, anchor the album's identity and deliver the unapologetic metal experience fans have come to expect.

"Date With Poverty" adds a catchier dimension to the album, maintaining the rock-fueled metal vibe with dominating vocals and searing guitars. Similarly, "Welcome to the Ball" shares these characteristics, featuring dominating vocals and guitar work that make their presence felt.

While the album does lean towards a certain consistency in its thundering cuts like "In Due Time," "Flee from Reality," and "The Fight Song," the relentless guitar riffs and intense vocals keep the energy levels high and the adrenaline pumping.

As is often the case with Metal Church, they excel at delivering superb ballads, and "In Harm's Way" is no exception. The song effortlessly transitions from serene verses to emotionally-provocative choruses, showcasing the band's versatility and songwriting prowess.

"Human Factor" is a testament to Metal Church's unwavering dedication to their classic heavy metal sound. While it may not break new ground, it certainly doesn't need to. Instead, it reaffirms the band's position as torchbearers of their genre, staying true to the formula that has earned them a dedicated following over the years.

For fans of Metal Church and classic heavy metal alike, "Human Factor" is a welcome addition to the band's discography. With its powerful vocals, mean-machine guitar riffs, and moments of introspective balladry, this album continues to carry the torch of the band's legacy in the world of metal. Set to be released on Amazon on December 8, 2023, it's a must-listen for those who appreciate the enduring spirit of classic heavy metal.

Rock on!


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