Human Factor is a power metal band formed in the capital city of Chile, namely Santiago, in 2002. The band issued a self-titled demo in 2003 featuring four songs. This demo presented the vocals of Dan Elbelman. The band signed with Benighted Records and recorded its debut in 2003. The album was issued in 2004. Following the release the band lost its singer and recruited Ives formerly of Angeluz and Concerto. Behind The Dark was issued in 2006, as was the European release of Unleashed with the latter coming courtesy of Mausoleum Records.
HUMAN FACTOR - UNLEASHED - MAUSOLEUM
Unleashed is the first album of the Santiago, Chile-based heavy metal group Human Factor. The band has just issued a second album, but apparently a release outside Chile has just been arranged. Regardless, and most of us naturally have biases against bands from smaller countries not associated with heavy metal, Unleashed sounds like a band that is still trying to firm up its sound. There are several respectable and good songs here like Time Traveller I, Time Traveller II and Faster, but much of the rest of the material is forgettable and suffers from factors like a wailing vocalist without restraint, boring drumming and poor sound engineering. Oddly, the better tracks are placed towards the end of the CD. The band is squarely in the power metal vein and caters to that market, although it is clear that human factor still cannot compete with its established colleague/competition. The soloist is respectable and the rhythms would be nifty if they were mixed and recorded properly, but there are songs here that have little going for them.
As mentioned, the band has already recorded a new album. One hopes that the production has improved, the band has caught up with the guitar soloist and more consideration given to heaviness and memorability. - Anna Tergel