Shards Of Humanity have been around for a little over a decade, having released one full-length in the past, and hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Although described as death/thrash, their newest effort Cold Logic shoots far closer to the death metal side. The name suits the execution, being a very breezy batch of ten songs residing heavily on the technical side. It’s not too over-the-top and could be compared to ‘90s Death, although it’s hardly executed as nicely.
Thankfully, the guitar work is pretty muscular, a feature standing above the rest. The galloping riffs and punchy distortion of “Moths Of Zeta” are a lot of fun. You also get your dose of unique time signatures on “Docile Masses,” and “Demonic Crystallized Intelligence” lets on a bit of a jazzy splurge. That’s chalked up more to the basslines, but the pummeling drums and unstructured guitar licks cover it nicely. However, this track also capitalizes on one of the main issues, which is an over-saturation of noisy passages that lead to nothing.
I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the vocals, either. “I’ve Seen Death” is a fast strike that’s more annoying than anything. Let alone the fact that the vocals here reach the weakest point, but Shards Of Humanity also try and cram in too much intricacy for something that should feel straightforward. The better vocal moments are when longer shrieks are backing somber guitar wails, such as in the title track. The erupting solo and return to explosive energy was a nice touch.
Starting with a fade-in riff on the intro/instrumental “Cosmic Shield” gave me a decent idea of what I was in for with Cold Logic. This is semi-technical death metal that utilizes a lot of distortion, and hazy soundscapes fill the entire release. It’s worth hearing for death metal seekers, but nothing I’d call essential.
Cold Logic will be released on April 13th, 2020, through Unspeakable Axe Records.