Upon receipt of the newest release from In Vain
I was both impressed with the quality of this self released product, pro level, full color artwork with many pages of lyrics and quality photo's, very professional. The artwork from the cover led me initially to believe In Vain
to be more of a death metal band with the title, "In Death We Trust
" and the apocalyptic "Eddie" soldier wading in a see of skulls and bodies on the cover, but to my sheer joy and surprise the music is pure hard rock with some heavy metal and thrash metal overtones! Quite melodic and superbly performed. The musicianship here is not to be taken lightly. Very melodic heavy metal hard rock guitar playing in line with the likes of early Megadeth
and other similar thrash metal bands, yet In Vain
incorporated many tempo changes and a good dose of keyboards, not too much like so many of todays modern "epic metal" bands are doing, but well played and nicely incorporated into these metal gems to not take away from the point here that In Vain
is metal band.
When listening to In Vain
I can hear many many quality influences in their style. Pending on which track you are listening to you will be reminded of or hear influences by Dream
and many other genres thrash and heavy metal pioneers. For me aside from the musical menagerie of metal hit amkers mentioned prior, In Vains vocalist and guitarist Daniel Cordon reminds me of Spread Eagle
vocalist Ray West. With the his raspy, sleeze fueled angst belting out such verses as "The morning came worse than the night." from Ghost
Galley or "Here we are the cowboys of destruction." from the Cowboys From Hell
influences Sun Hunters. Which also incorporates some tasty slide guitar work and a main riff that will instantly induce head bobbing and toe tapping. Seriously think CFH and you are in for a treat. Another favorite is the mid tempo "ballad", Through Hell
. Such a great great song, very moving musically and lyrically and here you will hear the raw emotion in Daniels vocals. This song reminds me of The Eagle Has Landed by Saxon
. This is a first rate song and if it were up to me would be the song for the band as far as representing their style and would be the albums "single".
as a whole is a very talented and exciting group of technically impressive musicians, playing an excellent mix of hard rock and heavy metal music with an impressive array of melodic overtones and keys to make many fans of many genres take notice, enjoy and want for more. I know I am a now a fan and i must infill the bands back catalogue to see where the band came from and see how they have progressed into this force to be recond with. In Vain
-In Death We Trust
, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Nicely done and please continue to fuel the metal fire.