Using Sickness as a Hero

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Using Sickness as a Hero
Using Sickness as a Hero.jpg
EP by Human Remains
Released 1996
Length 17:00
Label Relapse
Human Remains chronology
When Forever Becomes Until...
(1995)When Forever Becomes Until...1995
Using Sickness as a Hero
Where Were You When
(2002)Where Were You When2002

Using Sickness as a Hero is an EP by American grindcore band Human Remains. It was released in 1996 through Relapse Records.[1] Contrasting with the big budget death metal productions of its era, the EP is considered as an "overlooked classic" by many underground grindcore and death metal followers.[2]

The EP has largely been out of print since it has been replaced by the Where Were You When anthology.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos7/10[3]

AllMusic critic William York described the record "as close as Human Remains ever got to making a real album" and thought that the band "sound both experimental and violently intense at the same time, mixing together blastbeat sections, heavy mid-tempo breakdowns, and strange, almost robotic-sounding parts where the guitars are making strange, clipped tapping noises." York also noted "the refreshing absence of any clichéd death metal or grindcore riffs throughout the recording."[2] Chronicles of Chaos' Brian Meloon described the record as "a good effort," but found it "a little too unfocussed for its own good" and sometimes "too chaotic to retain the heaviness that they appear to be going for."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Weeding Out the Thorns" – 2:36
  2. "Waste of Time" – 1:43
  3. "Rote" – 3:29
  4. "Chewed Up and Spit Out" – 2:33
  5. "Swollen" – 3:31
  6. "Human" – 2:29
  7. "Beyond Human Perception" – 0:39


  • Paul Miller – vocals
  • Steve Procopio – guitar
  • Jim Baglino – guitar
  • William Carl Black – bass
  • Dave Witte – drums


  1. ^ York, William. "Human Remains". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d York, William. "Human Remains - Using Sickness As a Hero". AllMusic. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Meloon, Brian (November 18, 1996). "Human Remains - Using Sickness as a Hero". Retrieved December 29, 2016. 

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