HER NAME IN BLOOD
Evolution From Apes
Review by David Cirone
Evolution From Apes, the latest 5-song EP from Japanese metal band HER NAME IN BLOOD, opens with the thunderous “Last Day” — vocalist Ikepy commands us to take advantage of the moment and “Go insane!” “Revolver” instructs us with equal fervency to “get fucked up” and breaks up the song mid-way to drop us into a head-slamming rhythm of war-chant riffs and sledgehammer drums. Such unapologetic brutal and volatile masculinity courses through this entire EP, the question arises: Have we really “evolved” so far when it’s so easy (and so fun) to return to our primal natures? HER NAME IN BLOOD released their first major-label album last year, titled BEAST MODE, and this follow-up album is nothing if not consistent — this band doesn’t want you thinking human, they want your inner savage to come out and play.
HNIB brings back some re-recorded favorites from previous releases, mixed by Alex Prieto (The Devil Wears Prada/Crown the Empire) and Kane Churko (Papa Roach/In This Moment). “Down” and “Gasolines” are full-on rock onslaughts, priming their live show fans for some serious wall-of-death action, and “Halo” is especially crisp and headphone-ready — there’s some real precise guitar and bass work in this final song, and it’s a prime example of why the band has garnered such respect among metal heads at numerous festivals in Japan and Asia.
Ferocious, hot, and all-too-short, Evolution From Apes is a great primer for fans new to HER NAME IN BLOOD, or for die-hards who need a short metal fix before the next full album.
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