"De-Evolution" (Mas-Kina Recordings; 2014)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Insense are Norwegian progressive metal and this is their fifth release. Their first was in 2002 and it was a self-titled offering.

This disc has fourteen tracks on it and I had to keep in mind that Norwegian progressive metal is not the same as American progressive metal. The tracks are heavy with sawing riffs and ever moving drums and the bass is pretty prevalent on many of the tracks. The vocals are aggressive and they often blow up and pull the song in a different direction.

The music on "De:Evolution" sounds good but I found it repeating itself and even though the songs aren't long as I thought most progressive tracks were, they start to die the second they start. The whole disc is good for a listen through but I didn't find anything that jumped out at me. Again, the vocals are the downfall of this disc. There is no range when you just scream.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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