|Review: Insane Vesper - Layil|
Label: Art of Propaganda
Year released: 2016
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 6, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
French Black Metal horde, Insane Vesper, was formed in 2002, and since the days when they started spreading their black plague around the world with a respectable amount of demo and split releases, they finally got to record their debut album, titled Abomination of Death, in 2009 (which was released two years later, on Art of Propaganda).
Their follow-up album is called Layil, containing six songs that are progressive, thrashy and unique sounding, and – first and foremost – put together with some care and vision that sets them apart from the masses in terms of adopting some relatively unique elements into a Black Metal sound. In a way, Insane Vesper may sound a bit like Mayhem here and there, when they started adding some more progressive bits and pieces into their sound (their Wolf's Lair Abyss, from 1997, being sort of a starting point for a more technical and trickier sound). The band really delivers and it's also great to see that this French Black Metal patrol hasn't stuck to one formula, but are shamelessly pushing themselves away from some certain safe zones musically, just to surprise the listeners every now and then. Insane Vesper's musical roots are deep into the 90s Swedish/Norwegian Black Metal scene, which obviously will be good news to many. The band's drummer, 'K' is a fuckin' insane maniac behind his drum kit, fast as hell when he sets his mood for some ridiculously fast skin bashing.
There's a plenty of ingredients to be loved on Layil so get it, especially if a progressive sounding Black Metal doesn't give you a major headache.
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