Hailing from Sweden, the eternal hotbed of death metal, INISANS have quietly built a name for themselves on the back of their lone demo, Morbid Vision of Death. Originally released in 2012, Morbid Vision of Death was later reissued in 2014 as a split cassette with French comrades Skelethal. From there, the INISANS name began to build, all due to the band’s fresh take on rotten old death metal. References to be made were plenty – early Swedish darkness, pre-prog Cadaver, classic Pentagram (Chile), even EP-era Sadistic Intent – but the way the quartet mixed them all together made for something unique.
Alas, that flash of poisonous promise has come to fuller fruition on INISANS’ debut full-length, Transition. Taking their Metal of Death down roads alternately more sepulchral and cosmic, Transition indeed is the sound of a fiery young band feeding their flames of creation. Bursting into being with perfunctory punctuation, Transition soon settles into shape as the restless, forever-roiling spectre of ancient death metal darkness being illuminated with haunting ‘n’ horrific shapes. The pulse ‘n’ pound is both barbaric and fleet-footed, hammering onward with an insistence that’s nothing short of graceful – and yet, it’s equally garish and grimy in texture. Riffs rudely twist into different forms whilst remaining rooted in linear composition; from lo-end crunge to high-fret hysteria, the full spectrum of death metal savagery is well covered. Bellows from the deep reverberate with sinister portent, all the while remaining (eerily) intelligible. Production, too, ably highlights the swirling extremes INISANS so deftly canvass: in many ways, the combined sound and sensation of Transition looks a lot like its cover artwork.
So rooted in the old, rotten ways, it’s remarkably fresh, INISANS’ Transition is the New Sound of Old Death Metal.