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Sense Your Darkness
May 2005
Released: 2005, Leviathan Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Rick

Leviathan Records has get to be one of the best kept secrets in the metal world. Their roster includes some of the best guitar shredders on the planet, such as Joe Stump, Michael Harris and Leviathan owner David Chastain. They also have some of the best bands that no one has ever heard of including Southern Gentlemen, Vainglory and now Kinrick. Strange name for a band you might think, but there is a method to the madness here. Kinrick’s main components are vocalist Stephen Frederick, who until recently was the vocal power behind Gus G. and Firewind, along with guitar player extraordinaire Corbin King who is the man behind the very promising VainGlory. Joining the duo is Stian Kristoffersen (Firewind, Pagans Mind) on drums and James Martin (Zanister) on bass.

Corbin King is a riff monster. For anyone that hasn’t heard VainGlory you don’t know what you are missing. Any band with King is sure to be a treat for anyone into traditional/powermetal with, dare I say it… POWER. That he has joined up with Fredrick is interesting since Fredrick just parted ways with another riff monster who goes by the name of Gus G. They are a great fit and prove it on tracks such as the crusher “Throughout all Time”, the plodding and heavy ended “Through the Void” and the anthemic “Stand Up and Fight”. There is also a loose theme running throughout SENSE YOUR DARKNESS. That theme is the repression of the downtrodden, no matter where in the world and how the needs of the many are sacrificed to make a few people rich. As the worlds wealth becomes increasingly localized in the hands of fewer and fewer people and human suffering increases it becomes hard to ignore the effects on the human race as a whole. The lyrics of Kinrick reflect the realities of our world today and their music is the perfect backdrop to relay their message.

Leviathan might be a small label but the quality of their bands cannot be questioned. Kinrick fits right in with Leviathan’s roster of metal. It is too bad that Stephen Fredrick had to leave Firewind. The band was just starting to come into their own as one of the best metal bands on today’s scene. Well Firewind’s loss is Kinrick’s gain. Hopefully this lineup can stay together. Only time will tell how great they could be.
Track Listing

Call Of Honor
Throughout All Time
I Fight Alone
Dressed Up As God
Through The Void
Stand Up And Fight
For Your Evil
Make Me A Man
The Empire Falls Again
Sense Your Darkness


Corbin King- Guitar
Stephen Fredrick- Vocals
Stian Kristoffersen- Drums
James Martin- Bass



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