Released: 2004, Wicked World
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland
Sweden’s brutal death metallers, Insision, first got people talking with 2002’s BENEATH THE FOLDS OF FLESH and their latest CD, REVEALED AND WORSHIPPED continues to feed the machine. Residing on the Earache sub, Wicked World, Insision delivers sharp, well-played death metal in the vein of Morbid Angel and Deicide. Production work is handled by Nasum vocalist Mieszko Talarczyk, who does an excellent job of mixing everything well. Vocals are double-tracked with lots of ultra-low growls counterbalanced with ever-so-faint screeches. The music isn’t unrelenting aggression for 30 minutes, either. There aren’t any clean vocals or guitar wankery going on, but several songs exhibit a groove and bounce that I can’t recall hearing in death metal before. The guitars are exceptionally fast, yet precise, with loads of trickery. Variety is the name of the game on REVEALED AND WORSHIPPED and thankfully, the CD never gets bogged down by repetitiveness or a lack or originality.
Carl Birath possesses one of the best death metal voices I’ve heard in some time and on “The Foul Smell of Humans” and “Havoc,” he attacks the lyrics with such deep, guttural intensity that it’s jaw-dropping. The guitar parts are perfectly executed by Toob Brynedal and Roger Tobias Johansson on “Imminent Vision” and “The Foul Smell of Humans” as they marry up thick, chunky riffs with technical precision. The only negative on this CD is the silly title track. The Satanic chanting and evil samples is WAAY overdone and causes some of the intensity created by the first three tracks to be lost, but thankfully, things pick up again easily.
Insision is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with on the death metal scene. They incorporate all the best parts of Floridian death metal with Swedish death and add just a dash of groove. If REVEALED AND WORSHIPPED is a sign of what they can do, this band has a long career ahead of them with only the best yet to come.
KILLER KUTS: “Imminent Vision,” “We Did Not Come to Heal,” “The Foul Smell of Humans,” “The Cleansing,” “Havoc”