Τετάρτη, 17 Ιουνίου 2015

INSIDE MANKIND – Oikoumene review



 INSIDE MANKIND – Oikoumene
Quà Rock Records
INSIDE MANKIND is a band that comes from Tuscany, Italy and they were formed back in 2006. They released a demo back in 2009 under the title “Angels Fire” and “Oikoumene” the release that I will present to you here is their debut full length studio album. So, let us hit the play button and let me tell you my impressions about their music.
THE COVER: It is an artistic picture with lots of symbolism. Actually it shows a stage and on the stage curtains you can see the sun and the moon depicted. Also on the stage you can see a child on the right and a peacock and a cross on the left. On the center you can see a sphere that looks like origami. I can’t say which the exact symbolism of all these is, but the truth is that the cover is quite original and beautiful. 
MUSICAL STYLE: I believe that the more accurate term for the sound of INSIDE MANKIND is musical styles, because they manage to move through many different metal genres and yet create a rock solid sound. In a few words the band mixes influences that come from 70’s hard rock, symphonic and power metal and sometimes they even flirt with atmospheric death metal. They use also harsh male vocals and operatic female ones and this gives to their sound a dramatic touch.
COMPOSITIONS: The debut album of INSIDE MANKIND includes 10 compositions which all have a symphonic metal touch and yet they combine it with many different styles that can be grooves and even death metal riffs. It is an album that has a variety both musically but also emotionally and really demands to be listened to carefully in order to enjoy it completely.
CONCLUSION: It is really nice to listen from time to time to something different and original. INSIDE MANKIND it is a very original and talented symphonic metal band, that I surely recommend to the fans of the genre and I also think that people who like progressive power metal will enjoy them too.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis