Transhuman (album)

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Transhuman
Believer-Transhuman.jpg
Studio album by Believer
Released April 11, 2011
Recorded August–December 2010
Genre Technical metal, progressive metal, progressive death metal
Label Metal Blade
Producer The Trauma Team
Believer chronology
Gabriel
(2009)Gabriel2009
Transhuman
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4/5 stars[1]
Blistering 7.5/10 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 8/10 squares[3]
Decibel 2/10[4]
Lords of Metal 92/100[5]
Metal.de 9/10[6]
Metal Hammer Germany 4/7[7]
The Phantom Tollbooth 5/5 stars[8]
Powermetal.de 8.50/10[9]
SputnikMusic 4/5 stars[10]

Transhuman is the fifth studio album by American technical thrash metal band Believer, released on April 11, 2011 on Metal Blade Records.

Overview[edit]

A concept album, the band stated that the lyrics deal with transhumanism, "The study of the ramifications, promises, and potential dangers of technologies that will enable us to overcome fundamental human limitations, and the related study of the ethical matters involved in developing and using such technologies." The band stated that the source of inspiration was Dr. Ginger Campbell’s Brain Science Podcast, which explores recent discoveries in neuroscience, as well as Dr. Thomas Metzinger’s scientific research and philosophical study of consciousness and the self.[10]

Musically, the band stated that they "focused more on the overall musicality which included more instrumental layers than we used before."[11] Sputnik Music noted that the band dropped most of the aggressive thrash metal elements in favor of more melodic, modern, mid-tempo and mechanical style.[10] About.com reviewer wrote that the album's genre is difficult to pigeon hole, featuring elements of industrial, psychedelic and soundtrack music among technical metal.[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Lie Awake - 5:03
  2. G.U.T. - 3:39
  3. Multiverse - 4:44
  4. End Of Infinity - 4:12
  5. Transfection - 3:55
  6. Clean Room - 4:50
  7. Currents - 2:50
  8. Traveler - 4:23
  9. Ego Machine - 4:29
  10. Being No One - 4:47
  11. Entanglement - 4:15
  12. Mindsteps - 6:52

Personnel[edit]

Believer

  • Kurt Bachman - vocals, guitar
  • Joey Daub - drums
  • Jeff King - keyboards, programming
  • Kevin Leaman - guitar
  • Elton Nestler - bass guitar, programming

Additional musicians

  • Trav Turner - additional drums (on track 1)
  • Jim Thomas - guitar technician, main personnel, setup

Production

  • Kevin "131" Gutierrez - additional production, mixing
  • Joel DuBay - mixing assistant
  • Maor Appelbaum - mastering engineer
  • The Trauma Team - engineer

Design

  • Tom Bejgrowicz - photography
  • Kira Beth - model
  • Tim Engle - photography
  • Michael Rosner - design, layout, paintings

References[edit]

  1. ^ About.com review
  2. ^ Blistering review
  3. ^ Willoughby, Peter John (December 12, 2011). "Believer - Transhuman". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Waldo's Pecks of the Week". Decibel. Red Flag Media. March 25, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ Doreleijers, Bart (May 2011). "Believer - Transhuman". Lords of Metal. Horst Vonberg (114). Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Scheurer, Walter (April 17, 2011). "Believer - Transhuman". Metal.de (in German). Versus:Media. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Dengler, Detlef (May 6, 2011). "Believer - Transhuman". Metal Hammer Germany (in German). Axel Springer Media House. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Snyder, Brad (July 27, 2011). "Believer - Transhuman". The Phantom Tollbooth. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Lang, Stefan (April 6, 2011). "Believer - Transhuman". Powermetal.de (in German). Quarter Media. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c Spencer, Trey (2011). "Believer: More Believer: Transhuman". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "Believer: More 'Transhuman' Details Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. February 28, 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Believer: 'Transhuman'". About.com. 2011. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)