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Darkane – ‘Inhuman Spirits’

Publisher
Massacre Records
FFO
Soilwork, At The Gates, The Haunted, Arch Enemy, The Arcane Order, Nightrage
Release Date
June 24, 2022
Publisher
Massacre Records
Genre
Melodic Death/Thrash Metal

                When it comes to melodic death metal, Sweden has produced some of the best work out there, from pioneers like At the Gates, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity to the plethora of bands which have come from that Gothenburg sound and the genre is now huge, big business. One band who began their life just prior to the millennium and have waved the flag for melodic death combined with thrash metal are Darkane and now, the Swedes are back with ‘Inhuman Spirits’ their first album since 2013’s ‘The Sinister Supremacy’.

                For Darkane, ‘Inhuman Spirits’ delivers like no time has elapsed or that they have been away at all because this album picks up almost exactly where that 2013 offering left off as Darkane continue to mould the Gothenburg sound with that of European thrash metal to deliver an enjoyable album which achieves everything it sets out to do. With ‘Inhuman Spirits’, there are no frills, there are no gimmicks, it just gets its head down and delivers. Tracks such as ‘Mansion of Torture’, ‘The Quintessence of Evil’ and ‘Conspiracies of the Flesh’ show exactly what Darkane are capable of in 2022 and would appeal to any fans of the likes of Arch Enemy, Soilwork and The Haunted as thrashing rhythmic passages trade off against the familiar vocals of Lawrence Mackrory.

                ‘Inhuman Spirits’ does exactly what the listener expects it to do. Yes, it doesn’t break any moulds and it doesn’t really challenge the band or listener, but what it does do is herald a new era for Darkane for the 2020’s and one which will hopefully see the release of more albums on a consistent basis.

"shows exactly what Darkane are capable of"
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