HUATA - Atavist Of Man

Huata - Atavist Of Man

6 songs
62:26 minutes
***** ***
Throatruiner / Mordgrimm/De Arte Magica


Huata is a French quartet from Brittany, and as such they are deep into their Celtic roots. Their band name means “Witch Hunt” in the Britton language, and musically, the band is also rooted in this mystic kind of doom metal equally inspired by the pioneering bands like Black Sabbath and Black Widow, and the more contemporary ones like Electric Wizard and Cathedral.

Six songs in a little over one hour is therefore nothing unusual for that genre. In the case of Huata, half of the tracks even make it over twelve minutes. But their first longplayer starts with two “shorter” songs. Both Lords Of The Flame and Operation Mistletoe are “only” seven and a half minutes long, but already here you will notice how serious the guys are taking their profession. Both songs have this sludgy pace which is definitely more doom than metal, and the extensive use of spooky organs helps to give them their own niche in the otherwise rather constrained doom metal genre. Up next is Thee Imperial Wizards, with well over fifteen minutes length, the album’s magnum opus, and it is here where the band displays its wide array of styles. The early vocal lines reminded me of grunge bands like Alice In Chains, before the song turns into its more typical doom garment. The song’s ending comes with a lot of organs that give this finale a truly haunting atmosphere. The following Testi Sum Capri is a five minute introduction to the succeeding fourteen minute long Templars Of The Black Sun, another epic slab of doom metal extravaganza. The CD concludes with the thirteen minute long Fall Of The 4th, which once again shows the band from its most diverse side.

Of course nowadays it is quite impossible to reinvent doom metal, and I am quite certain that Huata know that fact. But still they do their very best not to sound like any other genre band, and in that they succeed. Atavist Of Man is not the more polished kind of doom metal we have come to know from bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. Instead the quartet puts a lot of emphasis on an exceptionally heavy and distorted sound, but by adding a sufficient amount of melodic components, they manage to end up with something quite extraordinary. Fans of lava-like metal music should bookmark this album as the soundtrack for their next black mass.

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