Navigate: main >> reviews
F U L L . R E V I E W S


Plague Throat
The Human Paradox
Type: CD
Company: Transcending Obscurity India/Asia
Release: 2017
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 5/11/2017
Death Metal that will fill your goriest desires
India's Plague Throat unleash a massive monster with their debut album 'The Human Paradox'. From start to finish, this album is an unrelenting full-on assault with one goal in mind--leave you broken, bloodied and crawling back for more. The sheer heaviness that Plague Throat delivers with their music is equal parts brutality, aggression and fine craftsmanship performed with a precision so sharp that it would make a world renowned surgeon shake their head in amazement. I've not heard so many well constructed riffs, songs that focus as much on quality as they do catchiness, and a death metal album that you can play from start to finish without skipping a track or becoming slightly bored.

The vocals on "Human Paradox" are exactly what us death metal fans look for--they're pissed off, full of spite and sound like they are issuing forth from the belly of a greater demon of Hell. The vocals really lend strength to the songs and add to the scope of enjoyment that is encapsulated on the album. Musically, the band churns out some of the nastiest, catchiest riffs that you're likely to find from a death metal band in the genre. Frenetic, catchy chainsaw riffs are layered with bone crushing grooves and frantic, melodic guitar solos to give you a grin that runs from ear to ear. The drumming on 'The Human Paradox' is nothing short of superb, with blast beats and double bass to satisfy even the most needy speed freak. The bass is just as galloping and catchy as the guitar work and the overall blend unleashes a wall of sound that destroys everything in its path.

Another great feature that is present on only a few songs, most notably the album closer "Ma Nga", is the use of traditional Indian instruments that give the album an ethnic and at times tribal feel. The production takes the insanity of the music, the rage of the vocals and crafts it all into one monstrous machine that holds nothing back. I won't get into it here but the fact that this band, as well as a band like Demonic Resurrection, choose to create this type of music given the culture in their country is just impressive as hell and gives me greater appreciation for these artists. If you aren't familiar with the plight of Indian metal bands, do some digging online and you'll see what I'm talking about. Bottom line though is that 'The Human Paradox' is a hell of an album, one that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to and will continue to play for years to come.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

Demos and independent releases get some slack since the bands are often spent broke supporting themselves and trying to improve. Major releases usually have big financial backing, so they may be judged by a heavier hand. All scores can be eventually adjusted up or down by comparison of subsequent releases by the same band. We attempt to keep biases out of reviews and be advocates of the consumer without the undo influence of any band, label, management, promoter, etc.

The best way to determine how much you may like certain music is to listen to it yourself.



ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: PLAGUE THROAT
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
The Human ParadoxPlague Throat
2017
Greg Watson5/11/2017


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: PLAGUE THROAT

No Summary reviews currently exist for them.


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: PLAGUE THROAT
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE THESE DEATH STYLED RELEASES:


<< back >>






ERIC COMPTON PICKS
Ammotrack
Come Die With Us
Dokken
Broken Bones
Jorn
Life on Death Road
Crystal Viper
Legends
Shinedown
Amaryllis

GREG WATSON PICKS
Six Feet Under
Unborn
High Hopes
Sights & Sounds
White Wizzard
Over The Top
Clark Ashton Smith
Inferno
Panzer
Send Them All To Hell

FRANK HILL PICKS
In Flames
The Mirror's Truth
Crimson Shadows
Kings Among Men
Overkill
The Grinding Wheel
Five Finger Death Punch
The Way of the Fist
Oceans of Night
Domain

DAVID LOVELESS PICKS
Wolf
Legions Of Bastards
Galactic Empire
Galactic Empire
Decapitated
Human's Dust
Sepultura
Machine Messiah
Hatebreed
The Concrete Confessional