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Insidious Classic/Groovy Metallicon - 74%

bayern, February 9th, 2018

This band nailed one demo (No Compromises!!!”) in 1991 as Inviolacy which was all they could produce under this moniker for the five years of existence. The style was vicious intense old school thrash ala Slayer and Demolition Hammer, but the guys never held onto it as when they acquired their current name, they also changed the style…

Well, not very drastically, but the new delivery had become more complex and more technical as evident from the debut, quite close to the one of Metallica’s “…And Justice for All”, with an angrier, a tad more mechanical guitar sound. The approach on the album reviewed here still stands close to the one of the legendary Americans, but the classic spirit has been mixed with brave modern post-thrashy attempts not far from The Black Album.

As a result we have a cool mix of classic and modern thrash which begins quite intensely with “Nulla Cambia”, a nice vigorous piece, vintage late-80’s Metallica with dark hypnotic riffage which becomes faster on the sprightly headbanger “Si…Realte” before “Terzo Millennio” combines both sides into one captivating blend with groove timidly showing its head here and there. The latter only gets bolder later as the middle is occupied by a string of tracks, the groovy post-thrashy “idyll” broken by the vehement ball of fury “Fino a Che Punto”. The modern sound dominates the second half which breaks the heavy, slightly monotonous mould first with the short peaceful instrumental “Nel Silenzio”, and then with the noisier, vociferous thrashcorer “Mai Capiro”. A lot of diversity, for better or worse, towards the end, but “Oltre Quel Muro” doesn’t disappoint the guys producing another more serious retro thrasher for the Bay-Area lovers.

There isn’t much variety on offer in terms of tempo changes, and the modern tendencies clearly prevail in the middle, not leaving much room for the band to play around with more flexible, old school formulas. The vocals, which on the debut had an audible cleaner timbre, are quite fitful to the not very eventful musical background with their newly acquired, angrier vibe. Still, in view of what was going on around the metal spectre in the mid-90’s one can’t complain too much here as the guys still deliver, albeit moving slowly, but surely away from their roots, trying to sound more relevant and also less Metallica-bound.

The band reformed in 2007, and after a long 10-year wait the third instalment is out. It sounds very close to the album here providing a very similar mixture of classic and modern sounds, not entirely co-ordinated with the still rampant old school resurrection wave. “Insidious batch”, what can you do… You can’t expect them to play by the rules, but you always know that they would never be too far away from the more or less rigid norms.