Once Human: The Life I Remember

Ex-Machine Head man finds his muse and a ton of bombast

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Best known for being an original member of Machine Head, Logan Mader has spent a long time establishing himself as a producer.

As a result, his re-emergence with Once Human comes as a surprise, not least because The Life I Remember is so removed from both the pioneering crunch of Burn My Eyes and the American metal trends of the last 15 or so years. Focused around a collaboration with vocalist and artist Lauren Hart, these songs imagine a fresh metallic cross-pollination, as the cinematic, symphonic flourishes of epic blackness collide with a gleefully perverse reconstruction of melodic death and post-millennial groove.

Lauren’s voice is all fire and spite, a reptilian snarl that is never less than convincing, and her lyrics – whether on the startling hostility of You Cunt or the more nebulous tirades of Ground Zero – point to the birth of a significant talent. And there are killer riffs. This is a welcome lunge towards originality that strikes its targets more often than not.

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.