Formed in late 2011, HUMAN FACTOR is an exciting Russian supergroup featuring talented and experienced musicians. Konstantin Shtirlitz and Alexander Meshcheryakov, respectively former drummer and bassist of mighty INFRONT, have joined forces with keyboardist and guitarists Sergei Volkov, principle composer and arranger for a theatrical prog-ensemble KAFTAN SMEHA, and guitarist Ivan Ivanov of indie-rock band HAGI TRAGGER. These four describe their concept as a "contemporary instrumental crossover between space, progressive, and alternative rock"… quite straight, laconic, and groovy music, with certain melodism and dense, textured sound.
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"Homo Universum" is the 2nd studio album by HUMAN FACTOR. It presents all instrumental, well composed and arranged, adventurous space-progressive rock with fairly strong sense of melody, groove, and atmosphere. Performed by Sergey Volkov (keyboards, guitars), Ivan Ivanov (guitars), Alexander Meshcheryakov (bass) and Konstantin Shtirlitz (drums). Recorded and mixed by Sergey Volkov. Mastered by Tobias Svensson. Original artwork image by Sergey Vlasov. (7 tracks - 51 min.). Free streaming or immediate digital download of the album (MP3, FLAC or other formats) is available through Official R.A.I.G. Bandcamp.
CD: $13.00 / Digital Download: $8.00
"Their instrumental music grooves along nicely, like good space rock should, and has lots of trippy synth sounds. The tonality is based more on pedal tones than chord progressions, but there are sweeping melodies atop it all, along the lines of many post rock bands. Keyboards and guitars are balanced pretty evenly, both taking leading and supporting roles at different times... Floating, echoing sections balance the heavier moments, and the whole album flows nicely." – by Jon Davis at Expose (USA) (October 2016).
"This is an album that does reward repeated listens. Although the album has an identifiable core sound, which is rhythmically compact and contains a tightly woven tapestry of instruments, it also has a strong sense of melody... I am sure that it will appeal to readers who might appreciate fastidiously-constructed instrumental music, tinged with an element of human emotion. (Conclusion: 7 out of 10)." – by Owen Davies at DPRP (UK) (January 2017).
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"4.Hm.F" is a studio album conceived by a very competent band. It founds HUMAN FACTOR actively embracing studio technology and utilizing electronic overdubs, while exploring both alternative and progressive rock trends. The band’s music is probably best described as modern instrumental rock with major space and progressive rock influences, strong melodic edge, and definite sense of adventure: tracks segue one into the other, atmospheres are established and broken, some rhythm patterns have progressive-like complexity, but the primary attention is given to strengthening a sense of enjoyable aural journey. This is an excellent, mature recording which fans of good instrumental rock-music will surely appreciate (8 tracks – 52 min.). Free streaming or immediate digital download of the album (MP3, FLAC or other formats) is available through Official R.A.I.G. Bandcamp.
"The buzzing guitar crunch and much of the bottom end have a definite contemporary slant and propulsion, but layer on the soaring keys and the shifts in time and structure and you can feel the way-back machine start to kick in. And the old keeps up with the new on 4.Hm.F, both dovetailing through Human Factor’s playing keeping both feet in the present and an eye on the past that makes it sit pretty in either time. Or space." – by Mr. Atavist at Sunrise Ocean Bender (USA) (August 2012).
More reviews: New Underground Music (The Netherlands), Musikreviews.de (Germany), Progressive Area (France), Aural Innovations (USA), Musikreviews.de' interview with Human Factor (Germany), iO Pages (The Netherlands), FileUnder (The Netherlands), ProgArchives (USA), Prog Sphere (Serbia), Astounded by Sound! (UK), Esquizofrenia (Spain), Babyblauen Seiten (Germany), Chromatique (France), Psychotropic Zone (Finland).
|CD (RAIG) | DD||$11.00 | $7.00|
|CD (RAIG) | DD||$13.00 | $8.00|