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Review: Human Vivisection – The Perpetual Gap

Human Vivisection have released their debut full-length album via Rising Nemesis Records. The Perpetual Gap has 11 tracks of brutal death blasting in your ear. You can listen to The Perpetual Gap on Bandcamp and Spotify.

People have different definitions of heavy in the metal world, but there are some things that are undeniably heavy; Human Vivisection is one of them. One thing I really like about Human Vivisection is that they don’t spam blast beats, even though I don’t think that’s such a terrible thing either. I like the snare drum and bass drum sounds, but, like most other bands in the genre, the bass is almost nonexistent. Maybe the guitars are tuned low enough to blend in with the bass guitar or it’s just not a priority, either way it can’t really be heard. What else stands out is how clear the vocals are. I was able to make out a lot of lyrics from the first listen and that never happens. The vocals aren’t insanely low, but they are lower than mids and definitely aren’t in the higher registry. There are some pig squeals at the right moments, which I’ll get back to later.

The likely reason blast beats aren’t spammed is because The Perpetual Gap is more like slamming brutal death metal. Between the slams and the drumming this album has a lot of “wow” moments. On “Feed the Warmachine” is one of my favorites because of the way the drums get singled out after a heavy slam. The ride bell is everything in the last minute of “Feed the Warmachine,” that’s all I’m going to say. Throughout all of The Perpetual Gap the drummer proves he has quick, strong feet. For the most potent examples of his speed, listen to “Creation of the Spiritual Machines,” “Feed the Warmachine,” and/or “From Blaspheme to Viscera.”

There are a lot of simplistic, but heavy riffs. They get your head moving and that’s what counts. Most songs start with the main riff and supportive chugging so you know how a good portion of the song will sound from the guitars at least. The drums are the most dynamic element of The Perpetual Gap because they stick to the typical beats and what not of the genre, but are a slightly different flavor. It’s like the same spice from the same company, but one has no gluten in it.

Despite most of the songs having the same formula, they all sound pretty different, except some of the slammy parts, but I guess there is only so much bands can do with a slam. There are plenty of times where they still kick ass though, like on “Consumed by the 4th Dimension” and “The Perpetual Gap,” for example. Human Vivisection gives us some variety by having fast and slow slams. Depending on what you think is heavier, the ultimate (or not) slam is on “Creation of the Spiritual Machines.”

I would have preferred more guttural and lower vocals with how heavy some of the riffs are, but these vocals are more unique and give Human Vivisection more of a different sound than others. I do applaud the vocalist for his delivery, though. The Perpetual Gap doesn’t feature a lot of technicality (certain parts) or whatever, but I do really like it for what it offers. I was moving the whole time and was blown away a few times by how sick something was (“Feed the Warmachine”). Despite saying this, the album was generally pretty simple and definitely something you listen to when you want to move.


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