2015 has been kind to fans of death metal. With fantastic releases from the likes of Sulphur Aeon, Scythian, Desolate Shrine etc., fans of the genre are spoilt for choice. To further complicate the task of choosing the year’s top pick, come the German veterans, Into Darkness. The band’s third full length ‘Sinister Demise’ is proof that a band can stick to the roots of genre and stil manage to make a record that is fresh and engaging. Most of today’s bands that tend to pigeonhole themselves where stylistic choices are concerned, can definitely learn a thing or two from these Germans.
Into Darkness’s music does not hestitate to take inspiration from the various different wings of death metal. The way these elements are made to work together, is an indicator of the band’s song writing prowess. On tracks like ‘Throne of a Thousand Miseries’ (which premiered here) and ‘Manifesto’ (which premiered here), listeners get to hear elements from thrash / death, groove, slam, melodic death metal and even technical death metal. This truly is the mark of a veteran band who existed even before these sub genre classifications came into the picture.
The riffs strike the perfect balance between technicality, brutality and melody. Supported by an ensemble cast of drums that pound on tirelessly and bass lines that do way more than merely following the guitars, Into Darkness impresses on all fronts. Packing tonnes of riffs and playing with the tempo, the tracks tend to engross the listener. To top off an already impressive collection of tracks, the album boasts a number of delectable solos, a couple of which has been performed by Hannes Grossman (Blotted Science, Alkaloid, Ex-Obscura).
It may sound like I’m going off on a hyperbole here. But one listen to the album and it’s guaranteed to get you hooked. The album truly captures the essence of death metal, without going over the top with all the elements.
Into Darkness seems unfaced by unstable line ups and after the recent reshuffling in 2013, the band has only come back stronger. ‘Sinister Demise’ is one of the highlights for death metal this year. It’s a fine example of how death metal in it’s purest form can be so captivating.