Speed with loud, ear-splittingly heavy snare drums and torrential blast beats, brutal voice, guitar chops and solos, and you get intimidating songs. One of the reasons I fell in love with death metal many years ago was because right from a very young age I’ve had a thing for no-holds-barred, unapologetically violent music. That’s not to say I like brutal music just for the sake of its brutality, or the gory lyrics; there are countless brutal death metal bands as lacking in shame as in talent doing just that. But when the violent tone is subordinated to quality songwriting, and innovations in sound engineering subordinated to musicianship, out comes a rare album this deserving of praise and preservation. Death metal today is better than it ever was. Inverted Serenity testifies to the validity of that statement. "Integral" is the album I’ve been waiting for !
Review by Paul Caravasi