28 March 2013

Human Waste Project - e-Lux



Nu Metal was a weird little genre which took over the world for a few weeks.  The big guns were Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, System of A Down, Coal Chamber and for some reason Staind. After this, you other big hitters were MuDvAyNe, Powerman 5000, Snot, Alien Ant Farm and finally this band - Human Waste Project.  Formed in 1993, in Europe they were loved very much, mainly due to the way Aimee Echo looked if people were honest. They only made one album which this blog is looking at.  After seeing them so many moons ago supporting Coal Chamber in a club called The Riverside in Newcastle I feel in love with them, purchased the album and at some point over the years it got lost. I recently re-purchased the album to see if age had improved or diminished the appeal of the music.  So let's see what the years have done for this.

Produced by Ross Robinson who seemed to produce everyone in Nu Metal at one point or another, this album did stand apart from the run of the mill stuff that was making the rounds.  This is not just because they had a female singer; there were a few Nu Metal bands with this type of set up.  Most it was because of the fact the music seemed to be more passionate than let's say Limp Bizkit.  The groove going through the songs is much more slower at time and seductive than anything that any of the other Nu Metal band's could do (with maybe the exception of System of A Down and Snot), they just seemed to be much more going on with this record.  The stand out tracks on this album for me are "Shine", "Hold Me Down" and "Dog" - age has not tainted this songs and they still feel as fresh as they did when they were new.

However, and this is a big however - the album is very much of its time.  I think that the band might have had a battle on their hands with Ross Robinson trying to get him to make the album the way they wanted.  Sometimes when it is in the lighter moments, he seems to loss his golden touch.  Granted when he puts on the heavy such as the beginning of Powerstrip is really good, but when they get to the chorus he seems to want everything to drown.  I have heard this song live and it sounded majestic, but on the album it is nowhere near as good.  Also, on "One Night In Spain" Mr Robinson and the band needed to get that reverb on the quieter moments sorted out. It sound like it is coming from a tunnel full of dead kittens.  The loud bits are fine, but he cannot be quiet.  It makes me wonder what the producer Flood would have made of this band - probably made them stars, but that was not to be. And thankfully these moments of poor production on the album are not too often.  But they do bring down the overall feel of the record.

This is still one of the biggest records from my youth that I have stayed away from due to the fact I did not want to ruin it by being an adult (that happened for me with the film 'The Goonies" - I am still so sad about that). Thankfully I still think it is a good record, not a great album - but it has still retained the charm of the original listens.  To hear it you will have to purchases it, but for people wanting to listen to a band that shined brightly for one glorious record it might be worth the trip.


7 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check


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Sorry kids, no listening posts today - might be on YouTube or something like that.

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