Unsigned / Self-released
Words: Craig Hartranft
Formed in Sheffield, UK, several years ago, Immension has already give fans two EPs. Now the arrive with their first long-player, In Vain which includes three songs from their previous EP, The Enemy Within. Curiously, after reading their press release, I'm wondering whether bands should suggest you they might sound like. Immension directs us to Trivium, Arch Enemy, and In Flames. They sound nothing like these bands.
Mostly they remind me of black album Metallica mixed with some traditional heavy metal and some European power metal. After these things, because they can be heavier and thrashier in riffage at times, like within Lost & Forgotten and The Dead Of Winter, Immension can touch modern heavy metal. But unlike the aforementioned bands, they're nothing harsh or hardcore about their sound, and there are no dirty or death vocals. Actually their vocal arrangements and harmonies are one of the band's best assets. They're notable on most every song, but quite nice on the metal anthem Love Never Dies.
That song also points to that classic heavy metal tradition with a melody formed by piano and later soaring guitar solos. And those are also an asset to the band. Again, following the traditional heavy and power metal formula, and in the midst of their thrash riffage, Immension works from solid guitar harmony and melody. All these things, these elements and assets, find fine representation in the closing track, The Father You Will Never Be. With the opening quiet guitar, harmonic riffage and smooth guitar lines, including acoustic, lead the song. Add the vocal arrangement and the tone of the song, and you might get me earlier summary of the band's sound.
Hey, it's all good. Immension offers all the best of classic heavy, power, and thrash metal, tempers it with their keen sense of harmony and melody, and then adds some killer guitar solos. What's not to like? Recommended.
Immension offers all the best of classic heavy, power, and thrash metal, tempers it with their keen sense of harmony and melody, and then adds some killer guitar solos. What's not to like? Recommended.
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