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The core group of this band has been writing off-kilter black metal together since 2006. It's a strange, quirky, and sometimes uncomfortable marriage of jazz fusion and classical influences poured through the funnel of progressive black metal, and it doesn't really sound like anything else I've heard. I had known of them as part of the New England metal scene for a while and was impressed by their  excellent live performances. The day after one of their shows, I randomly met their drummer on the street and we realized we lived in the same neighborhood and our kids went to the same school. Two years later, here I am, about to have my first rehearsal with them in preparation for their third album's release show. I wasn't expecting that. Funny how things work.

"III" comes out on December 13th through I,Voidhanger. I wasn't part of this recording, although I wound up doing the album cover for it. I think it's the best thing they've done. It's been a bitch to learn -- one 18-minute prog BM epic, and then another 21-minute prog BM epic to follow it up -- but I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play this stuff live. Here's the label's Bandcamp:

https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/iii-2

Here's the band's Bandcamp page with their older recordings:

https://inhumanformlowell.bandcamp.com/

And here's a short review and interview, along with a portion of the first tune:

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/in-human-form-interview/

This may appeal to some of you, although I expect it to be an acquired taste. The best things usually are...

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