Ape Law by Maybe Human: Album Review
When the roots of science fiction meet the fierce nature of progressive metal, the dawn of “Ape Law” by Maybe Human emerges. It is an 11-piece musical journey that reinvents the genre with diverse instrumentation accompanied by the original voice samples from the Planet of the Apes films.
Each song on the album has a style of progressive music that involves heavy electric guitar sequences and deep bass arrangements. Opening up with “Ape Law” and “Bright Eyes” we get a glimpse of the concept Maybe Human inspires to show. It was quite admirable how the second number fixates on a celestial bass melody. It feels like a galactic voyage powered by a musical conversation between the bass lines and the frequency of drum movements. As we reach the pinnacle of the album, “Alpha & Omega” offers a thunderous greeting. The track is the very definition of what it means to sound visceral. Through its gritty distorted guitar bits and tribal percussion cycle, the melody feels like war drums in the midst of battle.
I must praise Maybe Human’s ability to paint a picture through their music. This is especially true in “Nova” where an atmospheric synthesizer helped me visualize what a collision between stars would sound like. It was quite interesting to hear, as the sharp guitar notes sounded like the movement of asteroids. As we near the end of the album “The Killer Ape Theory” sounds like a scientific discovery commencing. It opens with an ambiance of soft guitar chords and funky bass lines, then transitions into a heavier tone for its zenith.
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Review by: Damien Reid