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.
Sporting an old school tone, Into Darkness unleash 10 tracks of unadulterated death metal. It’s surprising how 3 people can make music that is so potent and addictive. Just take a listen to their track ‘Manifesto’ and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Blast beats and a standard death metal chug marks the beginning of the song. The track then slowly settles into a groove that makes it impossible not to headbang.
The highlight of the track are the solos that sound so eclectic and yet so controlled. The riffs are almost instantly memorable and the variations in the tracks, makes this anything but dull. Everything that one would expect from a good death metal track is present; groove, technicality, brutality and solos to die for.
Enough yapping from my end. Just click on the play button and experience some face melting brutality with a groove that is as addictive as crack.
Edit: I just found out that the solos on this track were played by the legendary Hannes Grossman (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Ex-Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist. Into Darkness also released a second full length titled ‘Dystophia’ in 2012.
Releases on 11 September 2015 via Rising Nemesis Records/Sevared Records.
Order digital copy: https://risingnemesisrecords.bandcamp.com/album/sinister-demise