Inhumankind – Self-Extinction

The Music

The Words

The Spanish duo of Pablo Selnik and Àlex Reviriego, Inhumankind, was one of the surprises of the Spring. It would seem indeed rather bare to have a flute and double bass duo alone play songs inspired by black metal! Fortunately, the two musicians are joined by three competent singers: the harmonized vocals of Celeste Alías and Marta Valero, and the growls of Eric Baule. At first, I didn’t expect much — many projects claiming to bridge classical music and metal have come and gone without any memorable release —, but Inhumankind are able to keep their project truly interesting, with dynamic songs and energetic motives. The addition of what sounds like an omnipresent female choir was a bright idea, and it shines all throughout Self-Extinction. They really add some flavour of avant-garde progressive rock, which is always adequate. The album is quite short, at under thirty minutes, but the time spent here is not wasted, so it’s definitely worth your while.

The Links


The Recs

Les Chants du Hasard
The Knells