|Review: Inmoria - Invisible Wounds|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Rated 3.29/5 (65.71%) (14 Votes)
The guys from Tad Morose haven't exactly been too active lately, have they? Well, except for Urban Breed, I guess...that last Bloodbound was just jaw-droppingly good. And, come to think of it, Morgana Lefay have been tragically inactive as of late, haven't they? Well, luckily for us, some of the guys from Tad Morose formed this project called Inmoria, with the vocal talents of the inimitable Jon Oliva on steroids known as Charles Rytkonen aiding to the demented nature of the whole thing.
So how good is Invisible Wounds, anyway? It's not too shabby. The band really succeeds on a lot of the songs here at creating a totally merciless, insane atmosphere that will make you cry for your mother faster than they can finish a song. I guess without Urban Breed the Tad Morose guys lost some of the killer atmosphere present on those albums, but they try their best to cover that up with a heaving, muscular wall of sonic steel that ends up being quite punishing and unforgiving. It's not anything too spectacular, but it does sound pretty good, and the guitar tone really kills, too. Check out slabs of filth like "Come Insanity," "Alone," "Fantasy" (boasting some cool backing vocals) and "As I Die" for the best this act can do, with ballsy as fuck guitar mongering and vocals that are as creepy as they are powerful.
Now, the downside here is the somewhat out of place and uneasy electronic influence that creeps in on some of the later tracks on here. I don't really know what they were thinking - mainstream appeal? Were they really going for radio play? I don't know, guys, but Mr. Rytkonen's voice really isn't suited for these kinds of commercialisms. I mean, they even have him doing a duet with a female singer. It just doesn't really work. None of the songs on here are flat out bad, but a lot of them are hindered by the often silly and unnecessary outside elements, and it hurts the score. This album is pretty good, but it could be better.
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