A trio of Metal heads from Kristiansand join their visions of sorrow and love for Death/Black Metal into a technical albeit lyrically bleak sound. This is only a three track EP mind you, it’s not much but there’s definitely enough to chew on, and if the pale weather refuses to grow rays of spring, it’s because someone’s repeatedly playing “Will The Sun Ever Rise” in praise of the inevitable grey and weary days.
The music is very technical, the arrangements lean towards the more progressive web weavings of OPETH and EXTOL, which makes the songs lengthy, all three of them running up to seven minutes long. I’m pretty sure the guys have been into this technical/atmospheric genre for quite some time now, they’ve got the instrumental skills and the song writing abilities to make their own sound, that is if they go through some light progression during the next year or two.
The three tracks all show an equal amount of traditional ideas and more interesting techniques, “A Vision By Night” is the most diverse of them all, it’s has everything from super speedy Black Metal melodies, small progressive twists to mournful OPETH blues passages. The extreme vocals are right up to par with the bleak melodies, I keep thinking of Mikael Åkerfeldt’s guttural howls, the lyrics could’ve been his writing as well, hell even a big part of the music recalls the “Orchid” album, it’s just that the Norwegians are faster and more technical and varied. The clean singing on the other hand doesn’t dethrone Åkerfeldt of his seat just yet, better practice more on that for the next one.
This is underground music, which means that studio resources are thin, so naturally this EP suffers from a naked sound, the drum machine doesn’t help matters, if I didn’t know better I’d say the cymbal and keyboard sound were made purely for annoyance, hopefully this will be rectified on the next recoding.
IN VAIN are on the right track with their music, there’s something intricate in the works here that could become hot in future times, just not now, but that’s just the opinion of you know who. (Online February 18, 2005)