Although their sound can be best described as typical stoner rock – more or less –, Humulus has a very persuasive and expressive style. Nonetheless, despite the overwhelming qualities displayed by the group in their magnificent and sensible musical conjuncture, the album Reverently Heading Into Nowhere, unfortunately, is not perfect. With an abundant stream of monotony, you can feel all the way throughout the record the lack of more vibrant, hostile and vivid passages, which could have granted to this work a more imponderable sense of lucidity, splendor and tactical beauty. Nonetheless, it’s obvious that they are following the usual musical assignments – as well as the main categorical elements – of their genre of choice, and the sonorous lethargy and uniformity that is constant in their musical framework can be considered more of an aspect of the genre itself, than a fault or a misconception from the band.
But, observations aside, Reverently Heading Into Nowhere is a very inspiring, consistent and captivating album. With powerful, abrasive and corrosive guitar lines, that can be strangely and simultaneously soft as well, this is an album full of underlying qualities, that not only honors the genre in an unimaginable scale, but certainly will easily find its way towards the enthusiasts of the genre.
With an impressive amount of qualities, a vigorous and precise artistic proposal, and a lucid sense of authorial creativity, Reverently Heading Into Nowhere, by Humulus, is a genuine stoner rock album. Despite minor imperfections, there are no general faults to be pointed out whatsoever. This album is strong enough to serve as a poignant reference for the genre.