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The Human Tornado – Love is Demode

The Human Tornado
Love is Demode
by Phil Tyler at 25 May 2022, 1:00 AM

THE HUMAN TORNADO are a Hard Rock band from Italy. "Love is Demode" is their second album since their inception in 2014 and whilst self-produced, is released through Rockshot Records.

The first track “It’s Never Too Late” comes kicking and screaming out of the gate with some serious attitude. It’s a fantastic track and has a great hard bluesy swagger to it in the latter part of the track and ends on a repetitive scream of “LOVE IS DE-MODE” till its abrupt end.

“Dreamland” continues the passion and energy and has a great verse but the chorus was a bit lacking on this one.  Similar with “What I’m Waiting For” which again has some nice attitude in the verses but the chorus falls flat and actually disrupted my enjoyment of the song. There also seems to be too much going on in the song and it is a bit of a mish mash of ideas.

“The Iron King” (pronounced I-Ron) blasts out however with a cracking slice of hard rock.  Some great melodies on this one and a rousing chorus. “You can hail to the Iron…KING!!”  screams Rob before it goes off on a thrashier riff and ends on some great duelling lead and rhythm guitar. An excellent track overall.

“Free” starts off with some nice gentle guitar which makes you think it’s the obligatory ballad that every album has to have. However it nicely builds into a much heavier dark melodic track and has a great searing lead guitar over Rob’s screaming towards the end. A great track.

“Kill em’, Kill before the end of the night” screams Rob at the beginning of the aptly titled “Kill! Kill! Kill!” which forms a quite compulsive and memorable chorus over a rolling heavy riff.

“Compromise” starts off with an echoed vocal and a heavy slamming riff soon takes the song into a heavier vein but I did feel that the chorus was a little uninspiring and broke up the pace of the song. I loved the heavier elements of the song and with a better chorus, it would have been a great song instead of just a good one.

“Black Mind Hole” ends the album with a more consistent approach to song writing and is a great track where the chorus nicely fits in with the pace of the rest of the song. It’s the longest song on the album at nearly 5 ½ minutes. There’s a slower part of the song where the guitar casts a wonderfully reflective echoed vibe with some nice bass and drums before the heavier chorus kicks in.

Overall this is a great album which has some excellent songs. Both the production and musicianship is excellent with the guitars having plenty of crunch and bite. Rob’s vocals are also great. There were elements of James Hetfield (METALLICA)- mainly on the verse of the opening track, Jeff Keith (TESLA) – particularly on “Great Unknown” and John Bush (Ex-ANTHRAX, ARMOURED SAINT) in his vocals and they never got tiresome.

Though the songwriting on some of the tracks was a bit hit and miss, overall I enjoyed this album with a great energy and passion in a lot of the songs. This is only their second album so they’re definitely a band to watch.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 7
Production: 9


 

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. It’s Never Too late
2. Dreamland
3. What I’m Waiting For
4. The Iron King
5. Great Unknown
6. Last Embrace
7. Free
8. Kill! Kill! Kill!
9. Compromise
10. Black Mind Hole
Lineup:
Roberto “Rob” Montanari – Vocals
Simone “Goro” Gorini – Guitar
Gianmarco “Jam” Bognanni – Guitar
Arash “Ash” Saboori – Bass
Lorenzo “Law” Trentin – Drums
Record Label: Rockshots Records
     


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Edited 07 July 2022
 

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