The Interbeing

Edge Of The Obscure

Written by: AP on 07/05/2011 18:15:10

Ten years in the making, The Interbeing's debut album finally cashes in the huge expectations bestowed upon them by winning both the Royal Metal Grand Prix and an Underground Music Award. "Edge of the Obscure" is tech metal at its finest, blending programmed samples with elements from industrial metal and djent to create a dark and foreboding vision of the future. The album draws parallels with a wide spectrum of domestic and international heavyweights, ranging from Mnemic and Raunchy within Danish borders to Fear Factory, Meshuggah and Soilwork on foreign pastures - without dwelling on its influences.

Indeed, the mentioned references are mere vague sources of inspiration for what is undoubtedly one of the most original and esteemed albums to come out of Denmark in recent years. It takes but one song, opener "Pulse within the Paradox", to understand that what we have in The Interbeing is a professional, highly competent ensemble of musicians exploring the fringe of modern metal. But rather than go apeshit on djent and combine impossible time signatures with the sole purpose of sounding as challenging as possible, songs like "Face Deletion", "Shadow Drift", "In the Transcendence" and "Rhesus Artificial" highlight what truly differentiates The Interbeing from the bulging deluge of young technical metal bands idolizing the work of Misha "Bulb" Mansoor: subtlety. The instrumental prowess, not to mention compositional awareness, is undeniable, as nothing about "Edge of the Obscure" sounds forced or pretentious despite twisting conventions at every opportunity.

Listeners keen on carefully dissecting the music will surely not be left disappointed by the wealth of syncopated instrumentation and haunting ambiance, but at the same time, those looking for accessibility and memorability are equally catered for. The Interbeing have an uncanny ability to combine their time-bending with irresistible grooves and instant recognizability, of which the already mentioned "Face Deletion", "In the Transcendence" and "Celestial Flames" are excellent examples. Surprisingly, it is the instrumental bridge and not the the chorus that marks the finest asset in almost every song - the songs thrive on the djent archetype: long groove sections akin to Periphery's "Icarus Lives!", which entrance and tempt the listener into breaking his/her neck headbanging. But it's not all Meshuggah stylings, of course, given the industrial element is also pronounced in a number of songs, most notably "Pulse within the Paradox" and "Fields of Grey", which sound like brilliant, pit-fueling amalgamations of the best of Mnemic and Fear Factory.

"Edge of the Obscure" is a frighteningly effective work of precision metal infused with industrial, electronic and metalcore elements. If the current djent trend is to your liking and the genre fashionistas don't quite cut it, The Interbeing is a formidable home grown candidate to satisfy your thirst for more. And here's hoping that we won't have to wait another ten years for the next fix.


Download: Pulse within the Paradox, Face Deletion, In the Transcendence, Celestial Flames, Rhesus Artificial
For the fans of: Fear Factory, Meshuggah, Mnemic, Soilwork
Listen: Myspace

Release date 02.05.2011
Mighty Music

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