"Innerscars" (Cruz Del Sur; 2004)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


With a demo and a mini-CD under their blackened wings, Italy's Lifend have finally completed their debut full-length CD titled "Innerscars." Lifend split their time with blackened aggression and gothic melody for a bi-polar attack that doesn't seem nearly as jarring as, at first thought, it might be.

The heavy parts of the band's songs are chock full of the kind of riffing and guttural vocals normally associated with black metal's stalwarts while the band's melodic parts are weighted towards acoustic guitars and soprano vocals that soar above the music. It's a good mix, but one that takes a little time getting used to especially if your idea of an Italian metal band is merely the thought of seeing a Lacuna Coil video.

"Innerscars" is a great treat specifically for fans of heavy gothic music and generally for fans with an appreciation for the black metal style without being too steeped in the genre's traditions. Open-minded fans will also find something to like with Lifend's stylistic approach.

"Innerscars" was produced by Alex Krull.

Lifend: Alberto on screaming and clean vocals, and rhythm and acoustic guitars; Sara on vocals; Andrea on lead and acoustic guitars; Roberto on bass and guttural vocals, and Matteo on drums, programming and synths.

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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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