Thing of the Day

HUMANFLY jump into the serious league

November 25th 2010

First proper Thing Of The Day is the excellent new album from Leeds-based band HUMANFLY: the album has been out for a few weeks already, but hey, we can't let a thing as fine as Darker Later pass without a mention. Here it comes -

Darker Later is the new studio album from Humanfly. You'll find it on Brew Records, a label rapidly growing into oneHumanfly album of those rare things, a label whose quality you can really trust. If the Brew teacup is on the cover then the band are almost certainly going to be worth your time.

Already home to Castrovalva, Kong, These Monsters and the mighty metal monster that is Chickenhawk, Brew are a relatively new label boiling up storm after storm at the moment. Humanfly are a band whose roots stretch back to the early part of this century and the boundary-pushing experimental hardcore of the rather under appreciated Canvas. Theyre a band who, with this rather challenging expanse of a third album, have boldly planted their flag.

They were good before, but this is a serious jump up to the big leagues, this is devastatingly heavy (yet never obvious) music, this is massive riffs built on solid foundations, Sabbath sized slabs of heaviness delivered with the imagination and colour of prime Into The Pandemonium Celtic Frostiness. Nothing as obvious as a regurgitated death grunt or a third hand Iommi riff though, this great big Humanfly flag is flying in field of the bands own making. They're clearly not here to merely rehash: their heavy slices of sometimes extreme, often progressive metal are colourfully laced with reflective early 70s Pink Floyd mystery, touches of King Crimson, with huge slices of heavy rock, hints of folk. No retro trip though, dont get the idea that were talking yet another transit van full of hippy stoners here, this is very much a forward-looking now album, this is fresh sounding, creatively expansive art-fuelled heavy rock, this is seriously two thousand and ten.

Whatever you do, dont take these tracks in isolation, dont dip into a MySpace page and wrap your ears around just one track, you need to take in the whole album at once, you need the full-on thing, you need the interplay, the light and shade, the play off between chapters, you need the whole album to fully evolve to really get why Humanfly are now so good... you need the ritual of listening to the whole thing as one, the seventeen minute almost spoken word track (with a guest appearance from Rose Kemp) will mean little without the three minute thrash bite of the reflective post-rock piece of folk or...

This is a proper progressive forward-looking treasure of heavy rock album, they've seriously planted their flag, Humanfly are now a band to take very seriously indeed.