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.
While Floridian death metal and Swedish death metal have become household names (atleast in metalhead households), the German scene is often overlooked. It’s a shame because, this scene has consistently churned out death metal is unrelentingly brutal and in-your-face. Into Darkness are a fine example for what I’m talking about. Formed in 1995, this band had been plagued by lineup changes which saw them release only one album back in ’97. However, that is not enough to stop this juggernaut and with a renewed lineup they’re back to tear you a new one. The band will release their second full length in 18 years, titled ‘Sinister Demise’, on 11th September 2015 through Rising Nemesis Records.