HEAVEN'S SCUM - Beyond Human Footsteps

Heaven's Scum - Beyond Human Footsteps

12 songs
56:50 minutes
***** ***


Luxembourgish death metal band Heavenís Scum was founded in 2011 and released their debut album It All Ends In Pain three years later. The album came out maybe a little prematurely as it was suffering from a certain lack of pace and aggression, and it didnít help either that the record was an hour long. Now they are back with their follow-up Beyond Human Footsteps, once again a rather long affair. The question is if they repeated the mistakes of its predecessor or come out actually improved.

After the short keyboard intro, the first regular track The Mammoth And The Mastodon shows that we are in the presence of a matured band. Heavenís Scum play a rather dark kind of death metal, not too complex, but full of successful riffs and brutal growls. I get the impression that the band, despite some quiet moments, is acting more aggressive than on the debut. Especially the two guitars have made tremendous progress as they sound much more playful than in the past. The songs are still rather long. For some that is not a problem but others occasionally lose themselves in the generosity of their length. The six and a half minute long Creatures, quieter and more melodic than the rest of the material, offers a surprising end. The Dead Donít Judge is even a few seconds longer but doesnít work as well due to the spoken vocals that donít feel as right and the usual screams and growls. Fortunately this is the only weak track on the album. Other highlights are the rather complex They All Died, and Zero Gravity with its crossover elements. Downfall combines mid-tempo parts with brutal death metal in a very dynamic way.

Heavenís Scum never had the ambition to be one the aspiring progressive death metal bands that become more and more numerous. Instead their direction is meant to be more down-to-earth. Even though Beyond Human Footsteps may not yet catapult Heavenís Scum into the Mount Olympus of the Luxembourgish metal scene, it is nonetheless a huge improvement over the debut. If Heavenís Scum keep working on themselves, they will soon be among Luxembourgís finest metal bands.

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