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Darkane
Insanity
May 2001
Released: 2001, Century Media / WAR Music
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Joe

The current project of former Armageddon/Arch Enemy drummer Peter Wildoer, Darkane is yet another one of Sweden’s seemingly abundant Death/Thrash acts. Combining the influences of bands like (old) Slayer, (old) Kreator, early Arch Enemy, (new) Fear Factory, and Death Metal in general, Darkane sound like they’re trying to simultaneously appeal to fans of both older and newer Metal. And for the most part they have succeeded in integrating modern influences with a classic Thrash sound.



Normally I don’t listen to very much extreme Thrash, and in all honesty INSANITY left me feeling kinda flat. Despite the quality production and excellent musicianship, I found myself unimpressed with what Darkane had to offer. And I think the main reason for this is new vocalist Andreas Sydow (although some the "Fear Factory-esque" choruses didn’t help, either...). While I do appreciate some harsh vocals, I tend to be rather picky about which vocalists of that style I like. When it comes to the more extreme vocal styles, I prefer those that don’t sound "forced" or "shouted", which is how Sydow tends to sound for most of the record. He also uses effects on his vocals in quite a few songs, which I also didn’t like. A few of the songs that did catch my attention though, were the Classical-styled intro "Calamitas", "Third", "Psychic Pain", "The Perverted Beast", and "Distress".



In spite of my criticism, INSANITY isn’t without it’s merits, but I doubt it will grab the attention of fans of more melodic Metal (such as myself). But for fans with more extreme tastes, especially those of Death/Thrash/Gothenburg, Darkane is quite possibly worth your time and money.
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Darkane
Insanity
May 2001
Released: 2001, Nuclear Blast / WAR Music
Rating: 3.7/5
Reviewer: El Cid

Well, I did pick up this one and I must say it’s been a strange ride. I still can’t completely grasp the fact that it’s not Rusted Angel Pt.2 like I expected (more like hoped). Insanity is a whole new road for the young masterminds that are Darkane. This new opus is a straightforward thrash album which excels in the genre, the riffs are very catchy and they will stay with you for a long time. The drumming is once again unbelievable, Peter Wildoer will make your head spin at times (Distress… WOW!) and as a whole, Darkane has proven once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. The only downside I see in this album is maybe the new vocalist Andreas Sydow, but this is only my humble opinion, so don’t let me turn you off from a fantastic album.



If you are a thrash fan (Bobo) you should definitely give this one a listen.
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