Shards Of Humanity are a band from Memphis, Tennessee that plays a technical and old school mixture of death and thrash metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Fractured Frequencies" which will be released by Unspeakable Axe Records.
A very melodic and technical sounding guitar lead starts off the album before the music heads into a more old school thrash metal sound along with some early death metal screams and growls as well as some blast beats and the band also brings in a good amount of melody as well as a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Guitar leads are used throughout the album and a good amount of the music sounds like it could of easily been released in 1989 and also has the feeling of early albums that where recorded at the Morrissound studios back in those days and the music goes back to the original style of technical death metal as well as being heavily influenced by the era where death metal was still evolving out of thrash and a good amount of the later mentioned genre is still a very big part of the bands musical style.
Shards of Humanity display a great amount of skill and talent with their musical style and also shows the more technical side of early death and thrash metal instead of going for the more raw old school style that most newer bands fall under as well as bringing back a forgotten style of death metal that is very rarely utilized these days, the production sounds very old school yet professional all at the same time and the lyrics cover dark, scientific, philosophical and metaphysical themes.
In my opinion Shards Of Humanity are a very great sounding old school and technical mixture of death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Astral Agony" "Internal Rot" and "Suspension". 8 out of 10.