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Inmoria: A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1

There has been something of a procession of top quality Metal bands to burst onto the scene from Sweden and here we have yet another to add to the list. Inmoria features the Tad Morose quartet of Christer Andersson on guitar, Danne Eriksson on keyboards, Tommi Karppanen on bass and Peter Moren on drums. The band's sophomore album, A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1 is also notable for marking the debut of Danish vocalist Sřren "Nico" Adamsen (Artillery) with all of the material flowing from the pen of Eriksson.

Very much at the heavier end of the Power Metal spectrum there is nevertheless an abundance of melody to be found here, perhaps unsurprisingly given that the composer is responsible for the keyboards that provide a subtle backdrop to the urgent onslaught of grinding riffs. Adamsen has a delivery that carries both power and clarity and whilst the lyrical themes are, as implied by titles such as "End of the Line", "My Last Farewell" and "Why", somewhat dark and foreboding this is largely uptempo stuff. It all makes for a winning formula with "The Mirror" and "Just Another Lie" amongst the stand out moments of what is a very consistent release.

There is a lot to admire about Inmoria and this is an album well worth adding to your collection; it is due to be released via the German Rock It Up label together with a digital version through Metalbox. Pleasingly the band will also be visiting the UK for some shows throughout October and the link below will give you the full schedule.

Track Listing
01. Blinded
02. The Mirror
03. Watch Me Bleed
04. End Of The Line
05. Hear My Prayers
06. In My Dreams
07. The Silence Within Me
08. Save Me
09. I Watch My Shadow Fall
10. Just Another Lie
11. My Last Farewell
12. Why

Added: March 30th 2012
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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Inmoria: A Farewell To Nothing - The Diary Part 1
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-03-30 17:26:11
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The review below was written at the time of the 2011 release of A Farewell To Nothing. However the purpose for publishing it here on SoT now, is to highlight that there are four newly re-recorded tracks from this album available for free on Inmoria's website. The reason for these new versions of "Blinded", "The Mirror", "In My Dreams" and "My Last Farewell" is to welcome to the band Inmoria's third frontman, Ronny Hemlin, who previously led Steel Attack and has replaced one-time Artillery man Soren Nico Adamsen.

Now, after hearing the original versions of these four tracks, it never crossed my mind that they would need improved upon. However Hemlin has brought a more contemporary Metal attack to Inmoria, which adds even more wallop to these already hard hitting songs. His full, rich tones merge perfectly with the brash riffs, however his more varied range alleviates some of the more intentionally depressive themes on this album. Initially I thought that might cause a blunting to one of Inmoria's most unique aspects. However the opposite happens with the dark brooding themes still dominating, but now in an even more dynamic way.

For any Power Metal fan with a taste for adventure, Inmoria are seriously worth checking out. Follow the link in Dean's review above to listen to and download these excellent re-recorded songs. Hopefully a new album will be on the way soon!

Inmoria first formed in 2008 when one time Tad Morose drummer Dan Eriksson ended his self imposed ten year absence from the metal scene and started work on a new "dark" power metal project Inmoria, which initially began as a one man endeavour. However realising that he needed a band to really do his songs justice, Eriksson enlisted the help of three members of his previous outfit, the too long dormant Tad Morose, with Christer "Krunt" Andersson (guitars), Peter Moren (drums) and Tommi Karppanen (bass) soon joining up. With Eriksson handling keyboard duties all that was left to find was a vocalist and in the shape of Morgana Lefay frontman Charles "Chulle" Rytkönen the line up was complete. The band's debut album Invisible Wounds was released in 2009 through Massacre Records, with the darkly dense Inmoria sound gaining strong critical and fan acclaim. Now some two years down the line Eriksson and his band are back for album number two. Although a few changes have taken place with Rytkonen moving on to be replaced by current Artillery singer Soren Nico Adamsen and A Farewell To Nothing – Part I being released through Rock It Up/Ice Warrior Records.

What hasn't changed however is that the songs on this album, which as with the debut are all written by Eriksson, are crammed with powerful, repetitive riffs that drive the songs on at pace. Surprisingly enough, considering that the composer of these songs plays keyboards, that instrument remains in more of a support role to the guitars, but they do add considerable melody, which make an otherwise brutal and unforgiving onslaught remarkably melodic. Adamsen brings a harsher tone to the vocals than his predecessor, who also had a more "theatrical" style and while I thoroughly enjoyed Rytkonen's work on Inmoria's debut effort, Adamsen takes the whole feel of this album up a level with his aggressive, urgent style. Christer Andersson's guitar work is harsh enough to make your eyes water as it stings by in bristling fashion, but when it is combined with Eriksson's keyboards the mix of lush layers and muscular riffing makes for compelling and refreshingly different listening. Then when you factor in the rippling rhythm section of Moren and Karppanen then there really can be no denying that Inmoria are producing some of the strongest and least stereotypical power metal with symphonic touches that is around right now.

The dark theme certainly continues in the lyrics, with Eriksson writing about how pointless life is and that "Death is the only answer" (he admits to being a "depressing guy" and visiting a psychiatrist once a week), but the contradiction in this being Part I of a Farewell To Nothing shows that Eriksson's good demon wins the struggle over its evil twin. I should though add that at no time is this album a depressing listen in any shape or form – far from it. For any follower of power metal and the many sub scenes that have splintered from it, A Farewell To Nothing – Part I is a fantastic and slightly different take on the genre and really is too good to miss out on.

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