KYRENEE - Insorcism

Kyrenee - Insorcism

10 songs
56:18 minutes
***** *


Luxembourgish metal band Kyrenee has been around for a good ten years, and I can well remember their early days participation at the Emergenza contest where they displayed some potential which was ultimately marred by the overpowering voice and the somewhat skewed violin. I haven’t been thinking of them in a long time and found myself consequently surprised to learn that they are still around and recently even released their first longplayer Insorcism.

As a matter of fact, my original impression of the band hasn’t changed that much. The cello is a new addition to the line-up and gets its most prominent role during the darker moments by giving the music an even more oppressive feeling. It is still difficult to categorise Kyrenee’s sound, which I consider to be one of their major advantages. The folk component is strong as ever, and the growls even allow for some black metal hints. The music is often very gloomy, which should make them interesting for the gothic faction. The album’s ten minute long-track Rain has such a slow pace that one can’t help thinking of doom metal. The face-off between the high yet powerful female voice and the evil male growls starts to feel repetitive though throughout the album. The songs could have taken advantage from shorter lengths to make them more suspenseful.

The two best tracks are therefore also two of the shorter ones. I really like for instance the weird Cold Touch that actually reminds me of Suicidal Tendencies (no kidding!), and also the concluding Hope Sweet Rope where everything really fits perfectly together. This is unfortunately not always the case. Many songs contain some really promising aspects – especially on the angrier outbursts – but during the longer parts I occasionally get the impression that the band is losing track of each other, with every musician seemingly playing it own part independent of the others. Also the production is too hollow for my taste, which strikes mostly with the vocals that are not mixed well with the instruments. The two vocalists do both a good job, but the overly prominent place in the mix is too much of a good thing.

Kyrenee still don’t play accessible music, and it takes some patience and open-mindedness to unlock their mysteries. Many metal fans will find this overly confusing, but I for one am looking forward to the band’s future, with the hope that they are eliminating this time’s weaknesses.

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