Faceless, Mankind’s Treatment’s 2018 album, is stuffed with existential questions, at occasions feeling like a wandering journey by means of the human thoughts. However concurrently, the file is a driving drive of guitar riffs and screaming vocals. It’s a steadiness — that of tender, emotional lyrics and rocking instrumentals — that may be laborious to get proper, however the group does a very good job.
Mankind’s Treatment is the product of Travyn Hargrave’s guitar, vocal, and composition abilities, Bennett Value’s drumming, and Mason Dugas’s work on bass. Final month, the group launched single “Cosmic Brownie,” however Faceless is their newest full-length album.
The opening and shutting tracks current exceptional distinction: “Hey Buddy” encompasses a snappy guitar-centered intro pushed ahead by crisp percussive beats. It’s imaginative and options considerably imprecise, open ended lyrics that intrigue: “the solar is out however the sky is black and I don’t know if we’re ever coming again” has hints of sorrow and frustration, and paints an image of the remainder of the album, which is stuffed with lyrics about psychological torment.
Artist: Mankind’s Treatment
Album: Faceless (self-released)
Style: Indie Rock
Base of Operations: Cow Island, Louisiana
About: “All three members of Mankind’s Treatment have been concerned with music their total lives. Their model is their very own and has a splash of affect from almost each stroll of life.”
House On-line: web site
Members: Mankind’s Treatment is Bennett Value (Drummer), and Mason Dugas (Bass/Backup Vocals), Travyn Hargrave (Guitar/Vocals); submitted picture.
However by the point the band makes its strategy to the top of the file with “Received’t You Be Mine Tonight,” they appear to have reached a shocking, out-of-the-blue state of contentment and happiness. The nearer is a touching love track with earnest lyrics: “however to me you’re an angel,” the band sings, “and I need you to be mine to deal with.” It opens with superbly acoustic guitar strumming and a temper current nowhere else on the album. With phrases like “so many issues I needed to say,” it’s a track about easy human feelings.
Between the 2 opposing songs are ten different tracks, some with related themes and others that stand out as completely different. “Distortion-Head Overdrive,” a melancholy and offended ode to the speaker’s reminiscence, opens with a weird set of digital noises which scream “overdrive,” solely to interrupt out right into a guitar riff very attribute of the band. On this monitor, reminiscence is labeled as “my particular reward” and “my greatest buddy,” however the refrain screams a need to “flip it off.” The monitor is maybe the climax of the emotional turmoil that Mankind’s Treatment explores all through Faceless.
Different notable examples embody “Ratt,” which encompasses a not-so-sentimental need to separate from the speaker’s prior life: “can’t escape the previous; tried and tried to run away; simply can’t escape.” In “Ratt,” the emotion is a panic about being trapped. In “Nugatory,” the emotion is… worthlessness, and it’s displayed slightly bluntly within the refrain: “why am I so nugatory.” “Nugatory” takes the viewers to a spot of real concern — lyrics like “why am I cursed to really feel this manner, and why am I cursed to really feel this ache” are unhappy. Faceless is actually an emotion dump.
At occasions, the lyrics really feel drained. “Somebody inform the voice in my head to close up, please shut up” on “Rust Mind” seems like a repetition of many different traces on the album — a legitimate emotional plea, however one which has misplaced creativity. The “massive questions” that Mankind’s Treatment asks, notably “How do you struggle that guilt away, how do you beat it” in “Brother” and “time flies by, the place’d all of it go?” on “Time Flies By” are a cornerstone to the file however turn out to be frequent sufficient that they lose artistic vitality and as a substitute create a element deficit. However different broad lyrics, like “break me into items, hate me, have your vengeance” have a sure passionate energy to them.
Musically, the heavy bass line within the “Hysteria” intro feels unmatched to me on Faceless. It’s considerably distinctive at that time within the album, and serves as a wonderful backdrop to help the rhythmically savvy vocals of the track. I additionally actually liked the mysterious melody of the “Time Flies By” intro.
Faceless explores complicated feelings delicately however with confidence. It’s not at all times uplifting — and is commonly the other — however definitely worth the hear, particularly if you can also make it to the top and expertise the pleasant closure that comes with “Received’t You Be Mine Tonight.”
Bio: Owen Tucker-Smith is a pupil journalist primarily based in Williamstown focused on local weather, politics, music, and the tales of younger folks. He’s ending a two 12 months tenure as editor-in-chief of the Greylock Echo, Williamstown’s highschool paper, and is happy to be telling tales at a time when high quality journalism is extra essential than ever.