First steps …

Explicit Human Porn is a quartet with drum, bass, guitar and vocals that I would classify in the modern metal category. The band started to make itself known at the beginning of this year 2020, notably with the release of their first title in lyrics video : « Radiosilk ». Initially announced for March 4 in 2020, the band had to fight several weeks with censorship before the video was finally published on YouTube.

In Exexx

The first EP, « In Excexx », will be released on September 9, and I was lucky enough to be able to listen to it in preview. Explicit Human Porn is a band that I would qualify as generous since with « In Excexx » they offer us an EP not of four or five tracks but rather of seven tracks! And it is indeed seven real tracks (no intro, outro, etc.), for a total of a little more than 30 minutes of music. That’s enough to get an idea of the direction the band is taking. It is easy to let the whole tracks go by without getting bored. The digipack cover is neat, with a small booklet containing the lyrics inside. It’s simple, clean, and it’s just enough. I would say that it reflects what we expect when we press the “play” button : simplicity and efficiency.

Many times we shake our head up and down to the rhythm of the big jerky riffs led by the trio guitar (David Revan), bass (Crypp Mor), drums (Kevin Lanssen). The singer, Lowe North, alternates clean vocals and scream brilliantly and sometimes reminds me Cristina Scabbia’s voice (Lacuna Coil).

In terms of sound, it seems that nothing was left to chance. A first quality EP with clear and distinct sounds, pleasant to listen to… And to listen again at the first opportunity.

Digipack In Exxess - Explicit Human Porn

My favorite track comes in sixth position: « Madmeds ». I would not know how to explain why this one in particular, anyway, I can play the EP in any order, each time on this track something happens. The melody of the chorus remains in the head, it grooves, it takes to the guts, in short it’s my favorite part of this EP (and there is a nice slap passage on the bass).

The record ends with a cover of a very famous German industrial metal band (which I won’t tell to leave a bit of suspense, but you’ve certainly already guessed who I’m talking about…). I admit that when I saw the title on the cover I was a bit apprehensive, being rather a fan of the famous German band. I was finally very pleasantly surprised when I listened to it. EHP succeeded in the bet to cover a very famous track without distorting it but adding its own personality, and that’s a good job !

I wouldn’t say that this EP is for the fans of this or that band or even this or that style because it seems to me that Explicit Human Porn has managed to find a style of its own and accessible to a large audience. I think that In Exxess is simply open to all listeners who want to groove and get their brains shaken a bit.

To sum up, I am still won over by this first opus, « In Excexx ». The current health crisis has unfortunately postponed the band’s first dates but it is only postponed, we hope to be able to discover them quickly on stage.

PS: An interview with the bassist, Crypp Mor, recently appeared in Metal Overload. Available here.

PPS : Following new collaborations, the release of the EP “In Excexx” is finally postponed to a later date.


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