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have cranked out record number nine gifting us with a double album of bombastic detailed compositions woven with ingredients fans have come to expect from the symphonic masters.

Human :II: Nature is nine songs educational and biographical about the planetary and universal cycles of life, death and evolution.  Whether in earthly study of science or the vast, often self–indulgence use of technology, the record reflects themes akin to fans ears.  The second-half features the seven part instrumental opus, All the Works of Nature That Adorn The World.

Music starts the opening celebration as subtle sounds fill the room with tranquil ambiance turning sinister as ethereal noise bring tribal drums, battle tones and angels singing.  Floor Jansen’s voice starts low, subtle in delivery about three minutes in making fans wait, almost demanding to hear it.

Noise gets rocking -style with lyrical vanity and technological prowess.  Eugene Shoemaker gets the historical spotlight, as Jansen spills out melody telling his tale.

Harvest celebrates Troy Donockley’s vocals, the voices of the earth and all its natural and untouched riches, and features probably the fastest and heaviest a flute can be played.

Pan is arguably the album’s heaviest tune as keys dance under Tuomas Holopainen’s hands with vocals flowing like water between rocks as the choirs sing.

A tension-filled twenty seconds starts Tribal.  A wartime procession dance slams the earth with guitars screaming attack.  Endlessness has Marko Hietala on lead and the vastness of space as Jansen’s voice soars through time and the heavens explaining we’re mere microscopic cogs in a massive machine.

All the Works of Nature That Adorn The World is a grand musical portrait.  The ocean born march and quiet hunting pace of The Blue plays with The Green’s serene fairy tale emerald glow.  The bagpipe solo/ceremonial drums on Moors along with the childlike prance of Anthropocene add distinct, different personality from Ad Astra’s grandiose historical conclusion.

Human :II: Nature delivers the pomp, circumstance and grandeur of previous work while bringing new favorites and classics to the table.


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