The Italian band that started out playing covers of Moonspell, Dimmu Borgir, Edge Of Sanity and Anathema has decided to create something of their own. After a well received demo and a mini-cd they released their first full length album. It’s dubbed Inner Scars and by god this is going to be quite something if you ask me.
Now I’m not fond of this musical style at all, but these guys reach and touch different heights than anyone else has done before. The music can roughly be described as gothic and black/death metal with acoustic parts in it. Now this is not your basic Nightwish meets Dimmu Borgir, but it’s something of higher standards.
There are three different vocals to begin with. There’s female gothic vocals (which I despise, otherwise I might have kept this album), male clean vocals and screams done by the rhythm guitarist and the bassist throws in some brutal gutturals. When singing with three people at the same time it creates some cool effects. Then there are a bunch of riffs that remain unpredictable even after listening the album numerous times, which is a good sign. Add some beautiful acoustic parts a bit in the style of Opeth to that and some not all-too-ordinary keyboards and you’ve got something quite unique. But there’s more!
Seldom have a heard the use of a saxophone on a metal recording. These guys do it, and get away with it. Superb!
Unfortunately I’m totally not into this music, especially when female vocals are involved, but I recognise talent when I hear it. And this is very talented stuff. If you’re interested in this music, definitely check this out, or you’ll regret it. Seriously.
4. Shattering Assurance
5. In Darkness I Bleed
6. Open Wound
8. Spiral Dance
Alberto: rhythm and acoustic guitars / screaming and clean vocals
Andrea: lead and acoustic guitars
Matteo: drums / programming / synths
Roberto: bass / gutturals