Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist's ONCE HUMAN Records 'Davidian' Cover

Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist's ONCE HUMAN Records 'Davidian' Cover

ONCE HUMAN, the band featuring former MACHINE HEAD and SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, has recorded a cover version of the MACHINE HEAD classic "Davidian", to be included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of ONCE HUMAN's second album, "Evolution", which will be released on February 17 via earMUSIC/eOne.

A short video clip of the "Davidian" recording sessions can be seen below.

"Evolution" is not just the title of ONCE HUMAN's sophomore release, it's an armor-plated declaration. Having made waves with their 2015 debut, "The Life I Remember", the band has dramatically progressed beyond the melodic death metal sound of that release into something more complex, emotional, distinct, and devastatingly heavy.

"Having been focused on recording, producing and developing bands, I had not picked up the guitar out of passion for twelve years but as soon as I started writing with Lauren, I fell in love with what we were making, and I wanted to play in the band and get back on stage," states Mader, whose name will be familiar to metalheads not only for his production and/or mixing work on records from the likes of GOJIRA, FEAR FACTORY and DEVILDRIVER, but also as the original guitarist in MACHINE HEAD, and his late-'90s stint in SOULFLY.

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"Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it's as if we're a totally different band. We really found our sound and our identity, it's quite unique and I think what we're doing is really on fire."

Armed with this track and the eight others comprising "Evolution", ONCE HUMAN intend to build on the groundwork laid down by the two tours they did in support of their debut, and make it damn clear that this is a band to be taken seriously.

"It's only been a little more than a year since we put out our first record, but we were so driven by the new sound that we forged that we needed to get back into the studio and capture it," Mader explains. "It was also important to prove to people that this is a real band. It's not just a project I felt like doing on a whim, this is a band that's going to have a full career, and now we're really getting started."

With the lineup rounded out by drummer Dillon Trollope, bassist Damien Rainaud and guitarists Skyler Howren and recent recruit Max Karon, everything about "Evolution" makes it clear that this is a band pushing itself to deliver something that truly stands apart. "Our first record was getting the ball rolling, but now it's as if we're a totally different band," says Mader. "We really found our sound and our identity — it's quite unique — and I think what we're doing is really on fire."

With the intensity and range of Hart's roar having drastically increased, she unleashes it across complex and constantly shifting time signatures, and thick, contorted riffs that land with sledgehammer force. However, this is not only about bludgeoning the listener into submission, the violence often juxtaposed with eerie atmospherics and dark melodies to create something with great depth.

"Evolution" track listing:

01. Flock Of Flesh
02. Eye Of Chaos
03. Mass Murder Frenzy
04. Gravity
05. Dark Matter
06. Paragon
07. Drain
08. Killers For Cure
09. Passenger

Davidian (Machine Head) cover by Once Human

Lauren Hart tracking her vocals on a cover of "Davidian" by the mighty MACHINE HEAD!! This is our special bonus track for Japan!!

Posted by Once Human on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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