HUMAN THE HOOFED BEAST
Human the Hoofed Beast is a one-man black doom project formed in July of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Todd Applegate was forced to go this alone due to a complete lack of a metal community in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan where he works as an Art teacher for an international school. Upon returning to the United States in late June of 2021, Applegate plans on forming a band to tour the first album, Into the Mirror Darkly which is due out in April or May via Moon Relic Records.
HtHB is known for blending distinct portions of black metal and doom within each song. The vocals are an energetic and nasty version of what we would expect from a black metal band. Josh Elmore of the band, Cattle Decapitation, described Human the Hoofed Beast as having Dark Throne and NWOBHM characteristics with vocals reminding him of Leviathan . The subject matter within the lyrics are socially charged criticisms of vile current events and human evil from those who hold power and influence. I'd also like to add, "Who needs a fictional Satan or demons for fearmongering when you've got evil humans?"