INNER SANCTUM - Provenance

Inner Sanctum - Provenance

4 songs
13:34 minutes
***** ***
Finest Noise


It’s the seventh largest and the second most populous country, and furthermore it’s the most populous democracy in the world, and yet there have been few metal bands from India that have made it big in the Western hemisphere. Without lazily relying to stereotypes (help desk operators, nerdy computer tech scientists,…), I assume that either their country has a different culture (and yet again, stereotypes: Bollywood, spicy food,…), or that it is just so big that they don’t need the attention of other, more metal based cultures.

Inner Sanctum are a thrash death metal quintet from Bangalore, a huge city with eight million inhabitants. They were founded in 2007 and have opened shows for every noticeable Western band, including Metallica, playing in India. Their debut EP Provenance was released in 2009, and now that the band finally does its first European tour, it is being re-released by Finest Noise. The EP may be four years old already, but it still sounds perfectly new and fresh. With bands like Testament and Gojira being among their influences, it is clear that Inner Sanctum are able to come up with a music that sounds grounded in the past and yet modern at the same time. The production of the four tracks is beyond a blame and lives up to professional standards. It has to be said that Provenance is a rather short statement, with none of the four tracks exceeding the four minute limit, and yet Inner Sanctum are still able to cram a lot of ideas into their music. While the general framework owes as much to late Eighties thrash metal as to more contemporary extreme music, there are enough progressive elements that give the material a very forward thinking touch. The two guitarists do a perfect job between delivering killer shreds and injecting unexpected melodic lines, while the bass guitar is not content with only laying down the rhythmic backbone with the equally skilled drummer, but also shows off that he can play more complex patterns. The vocals are also fully functional and find the right balance between thrash screams and death growls.

A first longplayer is in the making, and frankly, it is long overdue after the four years since this EP was initially released. For now I leave the band with a maybe little low eight points rating, but that’s only because the EP is already dated and, as aforementioned, quite short. I am more than certain though that if this Indian quintet is able to keep up this high level of quality, that their next musical statement will be grandiose, to say the least, and will therefore make people forget about their exotic status, instead having them focus solely on the greatness of this band that might soon take over the death and thrash metal world.

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