It's taken me quite some time to come to grips with this, but "Insanity" is not "Rusted Angel" part 2, much to my dismay. But during the few months before its release, as much as I wanted a sequel to the masterpiece that is "Rusted Angel", deep down I knew they could never recapture the ferocity and technical proficiency of their debut-album. I have come to accept "Insanity" for what it is though, an excellent Thrash-album. DARKANE have taken a more straightforward approach on this album, but they have done an admirable job with it. Riffs like those found in "Third" and my current favourite, "The Perverted Beast", will stick with you for quite some time and the two symphonic tracks (first and last tracks), while not equivalent with the symphonic parts of "Rusted Angel", are still pretty good and are a nice touch.
The musicianship is magnificent, from Peter Wildoer's inhuman drumming (just listen to "Distress"… there's some true insanity) to Christofer Malmström's incomparable riffage, but I prefer the previous vocalist (Lawrence Mackrory) to Andreas Sydow. His vocals aren't bad, I guess it's just a matter of personal preference. Actually, the only part of this album that comes to mind that I did not like, was Fredrik Thordendal's (MESHUGGAH) solo on "Psychic Pain". He's a talented man, but his spaced-out solos just don't click with me.
All in all, "Insanity" is a good CD. But as much as it pains me to say this, and it pains me greatly, seeing as how I'm one of DARKANE's biggest fans, it is a disappointment when compared to "Rusted Angel". Maybe I'm just too much of a rabid "Rusted Angel"-fan (I worship it nightly), but I was a little let down by this. Ah well… I still hold DARKANE with highest reverence, as should everyone else.