July 30th, 2013
Release length: 39:16
Right away it’s obvious that Wound definitely favours some Swedish Death Metal, littering much of their album with catchy hooks, but also a buzz to the distortion that isn’t too sharp, but still rather loud to drown out some of the mid-range bass presence. Worship of legends like Autopsy and Dismember are immediately obvious, as well as a focus on trying to create a dark and dismal surrounding despite some catchy two-steps and groovier breakdowns. The introductory instrumental “Odium” introduces this with crippling riffs and drums that plod along, as if crawling to their own demise. A random declaration appears later, fading out to introduce the melodic aggression that is “Codex Arcanum.” The enthusiastic performance hammers at the listener with catchy hooks, but also isn’t afraid to slow things down to for some brief, aggressive sections.
“The Prince of Tyranny” starts off with a slow introduction that does set a decent burdening atmosphere that grows heavier and louder, establishing a solid groove to the riffs and drums, the latter keeping that environment active enough to keep the track moderately interesting. Around four minutes in, the pace picks up dramatically, focusing on melody in the guitar work once more, and even grabs a virtuous touch similar to an Amon Amarth album. “Echoes” is also worth noting, as it manages to retain the atmosphere in a subtle manner, and all together comes out swinging with catchy riffs full of attitude. Aside one breakdown that feels more Hardcore than it does anything too relevant to Death Metal, this track simply tries to be nothing more than Swedish Death Metal glory.
“Forever Denial” inherits some venomous third wave Black Metal aggression in the main riffs without treading too far into that territory as well. Of course, this is met with a truly infectious chorus fans of early Arch Enemy will enjoy. That fury and venom caves under the weight of fun hooks and two-stepping drums, all backed with enough enthusiasm to make you want to put your fist through the nearest skull. The guitar solo, however, does feel really out of place, nor is it really all that great. And, speaking of out of place, “Corroded from Within” definitely doesn’t fit the mold. Some Crossover Thrash influence can be felt in the opening performance, and what follows is definitely aimed at more of a fun performance, littering some commanding riffs with hints of Swedish Death Metal melody. Some spots can be a bit too open due to the distortion and audio quality of the release, such as around the two minute mark, as well as some bass or drum heavy bridges that build up the next passage. It just seems like Wound had no idea what they wanted to do with this song, as it constantly jumps between styles to the point where consistency is lost, coming off like a cluttered non-sensical mess by the half-way point.
Sure, Inhale the Void isn’t the most unique Death Metal album, in fact it’s littered with material that spans various generations and countries. But, what it largely lacks in originality, it makes up for in catchy, energetic performances from a band that is obviously enjoying the music they’re playing. Yes, some later tracks are a bit weaker, or just try to be too much in too short a time span, which does hinder their impact, but, overall,
01. Odium – 1:30
02. Codex Arcanum – 5:17
03. Echoes – 3:55
04. The Unsolved Obscurity – 3:34
05. Forever Denial – 4:34
07. Confess to Filth – 3:34
07. Corroded from Within – 4:18
08. Among You – 3:24
09. The Prince of Tyranny – 6:06
10. Inhale the Void – 3:03
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10