Human Impact releases two cinematic post-industrial filth rock/post-doom metal singles, “Transist” and “Subversion” after the release of their April single “Contact” and their self-titled debut album in March, all on Ipecac Records. Mxdwn reviewed the album Human Impact in March.
In a recent press release, the New York City based noise rock band states “‘Transist’ was from a group of songs that we recorded and mixed just prior to the current pandemic. The song is a reflection on what the world looks like as things fall apart. Our broken ideals, the unstable foundations of our civilization, our trusting dependence on technology and our subservience to the ruling governments/corporations. The shining object held up by society that will never be realized. All creating a pressing need for change.” continuing “‘Subversion’ emerged from a 30 minute intro from our last live show (on March 14). We started that show with a 30 minute improv noise/ambient set. All members of the band have varied histories in soundtrack work and scoring music to picture. We look forward to getting back to live shows and expanding on this more.”
The two releases remain pretty much in line with the band’s prior album. The vocals on “Transist,” especially the chorus, definitely improved since their release earlier in the year, however they still appear slightly predictable and sound like they lag a little behind the beat. The band offers a lot of dynamics when it comes to rhythm, so it would be great to hear more robust vocals with rhythmic variations on future releases. The only thing that would probably be nice to hear on the instrument side would be a more lively and punchy kick drum. It sounds a little dull and it would be nice to hear the kick punch through the mix a little brighter. The guitar sounds great throughout the entire song.
“Subversion” is an instrumental. It sounds good and could probably be used as a soundtrack to a science fiction film. Given that the band members all have a background in soundtrack work, it’s not surprising “Subversion” sounds like its ready for film.
Human Impact is made up of singer/guitarist Chris Spencer, from Unsane, keyboardist and sound designer Jim Coleman, from Cop Shoot Cop, bassist Chris Pravdica, from Swans and Xiu Xiu and drummer Phil Puleo, from Cop Shoot Cop and Swans. “Transist” and “Subversion” were recorded at Hoboken Recorders and were mixed by Alan Camlet.