Inanimate Existence - Underneath A Melting Sky - (8/10)
Published on October 18, 2017
Inanimate Existence only released their debut in 2012, but have kept pretty busy since then – Underneath A Melting Sky is their fourth studio album and comes only a year after the well-received Calling From A Dream. The band’s sound tends to be categorised as Technical Death Metal, but it’s far more melodic than more familiar bands in the genre, such as Suffocation or Necrophagist. There are also add progressive elements that provide more variety than you might expect from those bands, leaning towards the sound of Gorguts or Obscura, albeit with less complexity and therefore far more accessible.
Cameron Porras’ vocals are deep growls of the indecipherable kind and fit the music well, but the real star of the show is the lead guitar work, perhaps courtesy of Joel Guernsey (although Cameron is also credited as a guitarist). There are melodic flourishes throughout, for example the occasional use of harp, presumably synthesised, which fits in seamlessly and provides a welcome added dimension.
First track “Forever to Burn” is an ideal introduction to Inanimate Existence, with infectious headbanging sections, fantastic lead guitar, a melodic Eastern-sounding solo and flashes of the aforementioned harp. It’s a great track and tells you almost all you need to know about Underneath A Melting Sky.
The song-writing is strong throughout, with only “The Djinn” possibly teetering into the ‘filler’ category. It’s not a bad song, but is less interesting than the others and perhaps suffers in comparison to the quality found throughout the rest of the album.
Other tracks worthy of a mention include “In Moonlight I Am Reborn”, which boasts an awesome intro, more great leads and background acoustic guitars that are slightly reminiscent of Slayer’s “Seasons In The Abyss”. Best of the bunch, however, has to be “Blood of the Beggar”. Stately guitar leads, a hint of Slayer in some of the guitar parts, a slightly melancholic section in the middle of the track … well, that’s all just detail. The bottom line is that it’s a great tune and a real standout Death Metal song, not just for this album, but for 2017 as a whole.
Underneath A Melting Sky is a Death Metal delight and even those who tend to shy away from the technical end of the genre should find something to enjoy here.