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In Battle - Kingdom Of Fear (5/10) - Sweden - 2007

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Candlelight Records
Playing time: 44:44
Band homepage: In Battle


  1. Kingdom Of Fear
  2. The Multitude
  3. The Wondering One
  4. Follow The Allfather
  5. Tyr
  6. The Dead Shall See
  7. The Curse
  8. I Kamp
  9. Terrorkings
  10. Path Of Power
  11. Raven Calls
In Battle - Kingdom Of Fear

Groove and guitars…the two things that helped me through this review.


Blasts and general chaos…the two things that almost made me give up.


Now I know there are a lot more chaotic bands out there (I have heard THE BERZERKER), and I also know that there are bands that use a lot more blasts. I guess that in reality, IN BATTLE really aren’t that chaotic on “Kingdom Of Fear”, but just enough so, especially in the heavy blasting sections (go figure), to make my ears want to turn away. But the times where IN BATTLE lock into a groove were just memorable and menacing enough to make me hang on. Check out “Follow The Allfather” for a prime example of this. The solos that IN BATTLE bring to the fold in some songs also made my ears perk up. Starting with the solo in the first track, it brought to mind Trey from MORBID ANGEL, which is never a bad comparison for a Death Metal band. The solos aren’t really copies of Trey’s work, but they have that otherworldly “lava” feel to them.


For the better part though, “Kingdom Of Fear” is simply not my kind of Metal. I yearn for melody, and, well, a certain amount of catchiness in my Metal, and this is obviously not what IN BATTLE were aiming for here. There are some memorable moments and memorable songs (once again I mention “Follow The Allfather”), but simply not enough for my liking. It’s with good reason that I much prefer Melodic Death Metal to Brutal Death Metal.

(Online October 7, 2007)

Eric Vieth

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