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For me, writing these fairly short reviews can sometimes be a daunting task. I try not to over-complicate or over-simplify the process; instead, I try to present the album/group as I experienced them. That involves more than just listening; it involves getting to know the group and their history, as well as the history of the recording! Those sorts of facts round out the listening experience for me, and I hope that they do for you, too!

HUMAN X is a band that formed 3 years ago in Poughkeepsie, NY. Each member brings a different musical influence to the table, including classical, jazz, big band, and rock. However, though each member’s journey was very different, all paths diverge in the land of Rock! Wilted is very definitely a rock album! The band’s music is heavy, but not overly heavy – the music has dark overtones, but the technical savvy of each member prevents the CD from becoming just another “Heavy Metal” album. The lyrics are sung, not screamed; the guitars (played by Dee and TC) provide a lot of crunch and powerful rhythms, but are not so over-driven that the sound becomes muddy. They even play interesting melodic parts that make the songs sound incredibly polished! Blended with the bottom-end power of the rhythm section, (Brenner and Jiyo on bass/drums) the result is a very different sound that comes off as Old School Metal with an updated guitar and vocal sound.

I don’t like providing too much focus on any individual, but in this case, I think the attention is merited! Lead vocalist TC has an awesome voice, and I think potential listeners should know that! He has a very cool, gruff voice that is well suited to the style of music that HUMAN X plays. In fact, his voice almost adds a Southern Rock element to the sound! (I may be hunted down and shot for my previous comment, but it’s true!) This quality is particularly evident on the song “Don’t Hate Me”. The rhythm of the song helps to add to that feel, but TC sounds very comfortable singing in this style. (In fact, he is the lyricist and main songwriter in the band, so it had to come from him in some way!) Truly, the vocals are the signature component of this band’s sound, and that fact should be acknowledged!

According to the band’s bio, the recording of this album was a fairly laborious process. They had a lot of material to select from, and in fact, recorded nearly 16 songs before deciding to scrap it all, and start from the beginning, using new recording techniques and a different song selection. If it’s any comfort to the band, the end apparently justified the means! After nearly seven months of hard work, the recording sessions resulted in 11 tracks that are all solid contributions; each song is well-played and well-constructed! Verses are solid, and choruses are powerful and hooky. All instrument tracks blend well, and the vocals (as already stated) fit the songs well and provide the perfect finishing touch! In addition, the lyrical content is interesting, and understandable! This is a heavy album that fans will be able to sing along with!

Favorite tracks for me reside toward the middle of the play list! “Inside Outside” is perhaps my favorite song, primarily because it is a song that I can hear being played on today’s heavier pop radio, alongside Saliva, Chevelle, and many other similar bands. I don’t like it just because it fits a particular format… I like it because it is a solid rock song that I remember after I’ve heard it!

Next is “Circles”; I like this one because of the cool vocals and vocal harmonies on the chorus and the bridges leading up to the chorus! It is a very powerful song!

My third favorite track is “Falling Down”; on this one, the guitar parts and rhythm of the song provide the glitter! I found myself nodding my head in time to the music when the song played, and whenever I put the CD in, I make sure to hear it!

There aren’t any tracks here that I’m disappointed with. That usually isn’t the case at all. All in all, Wilted is a solid debut from a group that has worked hard to represent themselves well in today’s world of rock music! By all of the standards that I typically use to judge the merits of a recording, I deem this one a winner! There is a bit of something in this record that all Rock fans will enjoy!

Wilted is readily available in several national record stores, and from some of the biggest online distributors! I would recommend that you get a copy when you can, so that you can hear a fresh take on good, solid Rock and Roll! Also, be sure to check the band’s tour schedule online, and take in the band’s live show if possible! From all that I hear, HUMAN X sounds like they’d be a great band to hear live and loud!---Mark Lush, MWB 11/04/03 *Listen for HUMANX on MWB RADIO!
- Mark Lush

"The News Of The Highlands"

If your smart and you see the man in the photo above, stop him and say hello while you have the chance. He's one of those people who may someday soon be the kind of person that you'd love to meet, but would never have the oppurtunity to.
He's Tony Culver-T.C., for short-and he's right now, a resident of Highland Falls.
T.C. is the lead singer/songwriter/founder and guitarist for the rock band HUMAN X. The band is based out of Poughkeepsie, NY. area, and has been together a little over 4 yrs. and in T.C's opinion, is on the verge of something special. HUMAN X is about to embark on a tour which will take them further then they have ever been-south, west, and possibly overseas.
Back up to a kid whose mom bought him a ukulele years ago.
"I couldn't play it and one day she traded it for a guitar," he said in an interview last week. "that, I could play."
T.C. is a self- described "eclectic" individual. He's a fan of all varieties of music- "I love everything there is about music," he said. "I can listen to everything." He says he was somewhat of a loner as a child, a kid who liked to read books andbuild models. He's still a big reader (non- fiction) and an addict of The Discovery Channel, preferring shows on the environment, society and animals. Before moving to a music career full- time, he worked with autistic children. His mom is a homemaker and dad owns a carpet business. He's from a family of 4 boys and one girl who grew up in Massachusetts and Maine.
Once he decided that the music running in his blood was to loud to ignore, he answered an ad. The band Sudden Impact was formed in MA. Success followed but the band disbanded. He came to NY., was with the band Vibe Tribe, played with Skid Row then stole members of other bands to form "the ultimate band" HUMAN X.
T.C. also performs as a solo act. "I live and breath music." he says."I always look forward to perform anywhere from clubs with a few people to 40,000 people with no problem." When not on tour and in town T.C. hosts a open mike. "There are a lot of talented people in this little town" he says. He's "enjoying his time here it is peaceful." HUMAN X has toured extensively since 2003. "we play clubs, festivals, acoustic shows everyehre & anywhere. Last week they were at The Continental in New York City. The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY. They played Boston, Albany, Long Island, New Hampshire and other locations. (more info at website: WWW.HUMANXMUSIC.COM) The first CD "Wilted" has done well so far, it's available commercially through Rock Solid Music Group(record stores, i Tunes,, features 11 songs. T.C. says "it is a CD both teens and adults enjoy, parents fight their children for it," he laughs. "Anyone form a 10 yr old to a 50 year old will enjoy it."
When asked what the future holds for HUMAN X, T.C. says he sees the band doing "really well with new releases every couple of years." Their manager Rick M. Savoie sees a bigger picture with the band on MTV and more. For now they continue to play the smaller clubs, venues arenas they're used to, and enjoy every moment of their music making. They most, T.C. says, enjoy meeting fans-"They're what make us," he says. "The bigger you get the more hectic everything gets and you have less time for the fans." And that is exactly why, when you see him walking on Main St. here, you need to say hello. - Mary Jane Pitt sits w/T.C. of HUMAN X

"Clark's Music Review"

Clark's Music Review for the March 27th Show at Club Lido

I was happily surprised to experience a night with many accomplished, high-quality acts from a variety of genres. In fact, three of the bands have very impressive credentials, playing nearly non-stop at great local and out-of-town venues. Here are my brief impressions of the acts:

Human X was a polished and professional hard rock band. It's not a genre I've ever followed, but they clearly were on the ball with great stage presence, excellent musicianship, and well-constructed songs. They are also cool guys that we enjoyed talking with during the sound check. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Created: Sun Mar 28 11:31:47 EST 2004 - Boston Press

"More Sugar"

"Members of HUMAN X have created and polished a live show which pleases fans and audiences from several age groups and genres." - Tom O'Reilly

"Rhythm and News"

Anybody who knows anything about Hudson Valley music has probably heard of T.C, the band's lead singer and acoustic guitarist, formerly of Monkee Boyz fame.
But T.C has long matured past jungle antics by cultivating his own acoustic originals and pumping them up. - George Fletcher

"Ulster Publishing"

There's a storm raging in the Hudson Valley and it's name is HUMAN X! This band is an entity to be reckoned with, spawning forth a following that is growing and spreading like a virus from their contagious presence. Displaying audio and visual illusions that are stunning to the senses!
HUMAN X has worked with National acts such as Third Eye Blind, Telsa, , Sebastian Bach, and The Push name a few.
Anyone with a local knowledge of the music scene will recognize the barrage of sound textures, songwriting prowess and energy only HUMAN X can deliver! Frontman T.C. commands attention with his hypnotic and haunting guitar riffs and melodies created by his own unique style.
Guitarist DEITZ brings forth uniquely crafted leads with melodically textured riffs.
Bassist Road delivers an abrasive edge on Bass that will blow out your chest cavity and leave you gasping for more.
Percussionist JIYO ties it all together with a machine like sophistication that can only be recognized as pure precision.
Their abilities, coupled with a presence that is both erie and addictive, leaves their fans thirsting for what is HUMAN X's evolution to the highest degree. HUMAN X takes their fans on a journey through sight and sound that burn's into the mind and leaves a lasting impression that will forever change the way the rock band is perceived. - unknown.


I'll be the first to admit that a lot of this stuff is way over not only my head but every other gland I own. But there's something loud 'n' crunchy on this granite-hewn debut disc that I like. Recorded at Millbrook Studios, these crafty metallurgists - T.C. on lead vocals/rhythm guitar, Brenner on bass/vocals, Dee on lead guitar/vocals, and skin basher Jiyo - texture their balls-out drive on these 11 kiln-hot originals with eye-for-an-eye melodies, cognizant lyrics, and a challenging emotional bent.
Now I don't know if HUMAN X - the Hudson Valley's loudest sons - are teaching an old dog new tricks, but it sure sounds convinceing. Three defiant, white-knuckled anthems - the single "One Last Breath", "Human", and "Don't Hate Me" - crank the ante for other bands to follow. Guitars slash, rhythms crash, and growls surge. "I am who I am / Please don't hate me now!" T.C. howls without apology or remose. When he has a bad day, as he does on the Johnny Rotten-narrated Metallica-meets-Alice In Chains death match "Circles", T.C. wants the whole freakin' universe to know about it, and his punky pugilists make sure each decibel gets into them alien bones. - Mike Jurovic

"X Factor"

Rick M. Savoie is one of the diehards.
Two years ago, Savoie founded Rock Solid Music Group, a record label, artist management and publishing company that represents the culmination of a lifelong, rock 'n' roll rendezvous. Now, with the help of the fledgling label's signature artist, HUMAN X, Savoie will put his experience to charitable use when Rock Solid presents "Music To The Rescue," a tsunami relief benefit concert happening this Saturday, March 5, 2005, at Nicole's in Highland Falls, NY. In addition to HUMAN X, 14 other socially conscious artist's will appear on a bill that features everything from sensitive folkies to incorrigible rockers. Admission is $10 and includes food. Tickets are available at sponsor business sites, as well as from the participating artist's and at Nicole's the day of the show. The event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature a separate room with karaoke and family activities. Additional performers include Gravity Krush, Shift and Ron Young, along with a slew of other Hudson Valley talent.
The idea for the benefit came about when T.C., the front man for HUMAN X, and Savoie were watching a film about the devastation in south Asia. "After the video was over," says Savoie, "T.C. just turned to me and said that we had to do something. I thought it was very moving and heartfelt the way he reacted, and so we decided we should unite a lot of the musical artists in Dutchess County with the local community to help the cause."
"I was intrigued by the whole thing," says T.C. "I kept up with all the updates and I noticed there were a lot of scams. I wanted to show that there are people who will really help, and I wanted our band to participate in that."
HUMAN X is T.C. on lead vocals, Jiyo on drums, Road on bass and Deitz on lead guitar. The band was born in 2000 in Poughkeepsie, NY. It recently released it's debut album, but the process was not entirely smooth. When 16 recorded tracks did not meet the group's artistic expectations, they were disposed of in order to create something more representative of the band's intentions. The result is "Wilted" (2003), on the Rock Solid Music Group label. A cacophony of razor-edged modern rock, in which T.C., the bands primary songwriter, groans forcefully on topic as diverse as relationships and passage of time. HUMAN X has been building a rabid fan base by playing stops across the Northeast in anticipation of a more comprehensive tour, a new record (late 05, early 06) and its first DVD rocumentary, directed by Ian Barrett (Godsmack, Sevendust). With all this going on, you'd figure HUMAN X wouldn't have much time for altruism. But you'd be wrong.
"It makes me feel good to do something positive for the world," T.C. explains. "We did a benefit for cancer and helped raise $15,000. That was amazing. This tsunami benefit is going to have music from all different genres and it shows that there are a lot of artists who are concerned and trying to do good things. And it's the music that really bring people together. Music is essential for people all over the world, so it's a good way to go about raising money for the cause."
Savoie agrees. "Music can change lives, help someone kick an addiction, save a relationship. It heals people. It's something everyone can relate to."
Savoie also points out that the benefit owes a debt of gratitude to Nicole's, which donated the use of it's upscale banquet hall for the event. "We were going to go to a club, but Nicole's stepped up as a sponsor and we're very grateful for that."
"Music To the Rescue" is a heartwarming story on an often-bleak musical landscape. For T.C. and HUMAN X, it's the manifestation of a simple, but sincere vision of uniting artists with members of the community for a desperate purpose. It is proof that some good can come from even the most horrific circumstances.
"I want people to think of our band as part of the community, to show we are willing to help. And I believe in the power of music."
For more information visit WWW.HUMANXMUSIC.COM. - Pulse (Danny Lanzetta)


Welcome to!

Human X Reviewer: A_MISERABLE_S_O_B
Date Reviewed: 2004-07-07
Website: HumanXmusic
Score: 6/10
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Human X - a four piece band based in Highland NY, pumping out tunes with a neo-grunge sound (think Soundgarden meets Alice In Chains), step up to the plate with their first full length cd "WILTED". Their single "One Last Breath" is a crunchy off beat riff rocker stewed in different time signatures. The rest of the cd blasts with wah inflected guitars, chiming acoustics, deep dark lyrics (Mr Carver seek professional help), and a driving rhythym section. Lead guitarist Dee serves up a thick tone, stinging single note lines, and even throws in a solo here and there. Singer/ rhythym guitarist T.C. growls out vocals yet can still hang with some southern rock tinges . Bassist Brenner drives the rhythym solidly with drummer Jiyo pounding the beat out around him. Check out the nifty hi-hat work on "I'll Get Away" and the phasing/flanging bass intro to "Words". On a 1-5 system I'd give this one a solid 3, but song wise I'd say anyone of the 11 could stand on their own. I'll be looking forward to their sophomore effort.

- The HV Scene


"Wilted" - Released in the Spring of 2003.
currently recieving airplay on stations across the country and around the world. Available at all major retail outlet's (Media Play, FYE, Coconuts, etc.) as well as digital outlets (i tunes, AOL, Rhapsody,, CD, etc.)



A New York based 4-piece rock band coming from total opposites of the musical spectrum. Each member’s completely different musical style is combined to create a sound truly their own. During their first 3 years together they began creating a buzz, and caught the attention of Rock Solid Music Group, which signed the group and in 2003 released the band’s debut CD “Wilted”. They've since been consistently touring in support of the release.

The CD was recorded from November ’02 to May ’03 at Millbrook Studio’s in New York. All 16 tracks were scrapped and the band started all over from scratch. The final product after months of frustration clearly speaks for itself. The band’s highly acclaimed live show and tour will run through out the summer and into the fall.

The group HUMAN X formed in Poughkeepsie, NY in the year 2000 and within 7 years a large following of true fans has formed. During this time the band has written 3 albums worth of material and survived the growing pains of a rock and roll band. HUMAN X have created and polished a live show, which excites fans and audiences from several age groups and musical tastes. HUMAN X is made up of 4 talented musicians with years of experience.

Lead singer TC brings a vocal style to the group that sets the band apart from any other. Growing up in Massachusetts and playing the Boston/Northeast scene, TC cut his teeth at age 16 and started playing in bands until forming Sudden Impact, which gained popularity and notoriety while performing with act’s such as John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and multi-platinum act Extreme. When that project ended TC set out for NY where he formed the Trendies an act whose music was simply ahead of its time, followed by fronting the band Vibe Tribe (w/drummer Al Afusso) brother of Rob Affuso of Skid Row fame which led to tours, road work and interest from major labels. The group took a hiatus, never to reform. TC not one to give up on vision’s or dreams, continued and in 2000 formed the current project HUMAN X. TC’s influences include Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Chris Cornell formerly of Audioslave & Soundgarden respectively, and Steve Perry formerly of Journey.

Bassist Preslar was born and raised in new York City and his love of music began at age 4 when he would put on his moms Kiss "Destroyer" album and pretend to be Ace Frehley from Kiss or he would sing along to Pink floyd’s the wall album as well. When a music store opened up a block away from his home at age 12 Preslar went and bought his first electric guitar and started taking lessons. After a few months of playing guitar he switched to bass because his idol at the time Nikki Sixx was a bass player so he thought "why am I playing guitar when my hero is a bassist" So he made the switch and has evolved into one very solid and well rounded bassist! Preslar's previous musical projects include, The Brooklyn Queens Experiment, Grande, Ellen Road and Juniper Sky. Preslar's influences are: Flea, Steve Harris, Paul D'Amour,Roger Waters, Geezer Butler, Nikki Sixx and Sting.

Drummer Jiyo was born and raised in Beacon, New York and began playing at 7 years old, then at age 11 he got his first kit. In school bands he spent time taking lessons from world-renowned teacher Charlie Morana of the Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa fame. Jiyo studied and played big band and jazz. At age 15 he started playing with bands such as Mean Malin and the Soul Patrol, The Generation, Heavens to Mergitroid and Aunt Mary. Jiyo’s influences include Scott Rockenfield of Queensryche, Neil Peart of Rush, Peter Criss of Kiss and Stewart Copeland of the Police.

Lead Guitar player DEITZ coming from the national band PANDEMIC is a great addition to this project. Having had instruction from guitar greats Neil Zaza, Reb Beach and Marty Friedman to being a runner up in the Guitar player from Hell (Hudson Valley New York) Deitz brings power, melody and tasteful songwriting to the plate. Influences include Neil Neil Zaza, Neal Schon, Gary Moore, Paul Gilbert and John Petrucci to name a few. Blending all of these together Deitz has his own very recognizable sound. DEITZ can write a riff to drive people crazy in seconds “Absolutely beating the Sh*t out of my guitars is my favorite thing on stage” says DEITZ.

The making of “Wilted” proved to be a challenge for the band as far as selecting material. There were many songs to choose from as the band continued to write more material during the making of this recording. Also add to the fact the first 16 songs were completely disposed of. Then the group decided to take a different approach on the recording technique and selection of songs.

Fans and audiences can relate to the songs as they describe everyday life and reality to humans. Songs like Words that describe relationships gone bad, discovering lies. Circles which describes everyday life and having a bad day. Wilted a song about life and time passing by.

TC, who writes the groups material and presents i