Tuesday, November 6, 2012

INSIDE I: "Beneath The Circus"

Rating: R
Label: Wormholedeath 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

"I faked so many smiles you'd be amazed a happy kid within a broken mind". The lyric quote pretty much sums up the debut album by the Norwegian Progressive Death Metal act, Inside I. They are broken. There's no happy ending. No kodak moment aka perfect picture. Instead you're bombarded with disturbing images and stories of "How To Create a Monster" and what not really.

There's no hope, no future, only hell. God had a plan, but the devil stole the blueprint and now we're all f**ked for helping him along. Doom and gloom? It's devastating metal from Tromso, Norway, and the five-piece has been influenced by acts such as Death, Necrophagia, Necrophagist, and basically any other Necrolog, Necromancer or Necrophile? Combine this with a touch of evil and the progressive sludge of Lamb Of God and you're all set to go.

It's the traditional corpse painting gone bozo the clown or Stephen King's 'IT' (at least according to the booklet photos) and Stefan Ravn is one seriously mad growler with the rather monotone performance. "Beneath The Circus", one of those albums that rely upon moshpitting, headsplitting, numbers, and sadly lacking proper song material. There are simply too many unremarkable tunes and not one outstanding moment to rave about in the end.

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