Inborn Suffering
Wordless Hope


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
August 20th, 2008 | 18 replies | 6,904 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A highly accessible death/doom album that, although suffers from self-sabotage, is a very enjoyable listen.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Inborn Suffering know who they are; it’s the first thing they tell us on their debut album, Wordless Hope. Whether or not this is an attempt to try and defend an album which unfortunately falls into clichés is uncertain, but what we can be certain about is that Wordless Hope manages to be an excellent doom album, all while displaying its influences proudly on its sleeve. A number of words can be used in describing the album; take your pick from ‘predictable’, ‘generic’, ‘the naked child of its influences’. Nevertheless, all of these labels contribute to one thing which helps Inborn Suffering hold onto their reputation; accessibility. It’s no surprise that doom metal can be very hard to listen to. Taking into account almost every funeral doom metal band, and a large number of other doom bands, it’s hardly a popular sub-genre. Thankfully, there are bands like Inborn Suffering who drawn a fine line between accessibility and mediocrity, delivering a good dose of doom metal that is both listenable and appealing. It is in this respect that Wordless Hope is a complete success. There are unfortunate instances where it falters, but Inborn Suffering show that they not only have what it takes to make an impression with their music, but that they’re confident in who they are and how they play.

Opener ‘This Is Who We Are’ is the longest track on the album, and contrary to its length, is an excellent beginning, smoothly easing in Inborn Suffering’s style of music. Smooth is perhaps a very fitting word to use when describing Wordless Hope. Each melody, the vocal delivery, and the heavier blast beat driven sections are remarkably well connected, the different parts of the songs and the songs themselves flowing well into each other. Although the band is very predictable, there is still a mood of innovation throughout the album. Take for example the guitar solo in ‘This Is Who We Are’; one would think such a solo in such a song would be inappropriate, but Inborn Suffering pull it off, rather well if I might add. Another more consistent example is the drumming. Doom is not known for its drumming, nor is any sort of extraordinary drumming expected; Inborn Suffering have no regard for this expectation, giving possibly one the best drum performances in a doom album. Even while the guitarists are taking a break, slowing down the riffs and flicking their hair behind their heads, drummer Thomas Rugolino is working non-stop, not only making the drumming sound really good, but varying it so that it adds a whole new layer of depth to each song. The blast beats used are also of significance, making up the majority of Inborn Suffering’s brunt; the use of blast beats in tracks like ‘Inborn Suffering’ and ‘Stygian Darkness’ is exemplary.

The album needs no more praise in respect to its instrumental content, and this brings us to the vocals, in which you can find some of the best and some of the worst parts of the albums. The gutturals are sublime; thick and throaty with a dense flow that sits extraordinarily well with the atmosphere. This is by no means all that is offered to us, vocalist Laurent varying his gutturals up and down, sometimes even coming close to a black metal screech as can be seen in the epic final song, ‘Thorns of Deceit’. In spite of all this though, and definitely not in the album’s favour, certain sections comprise of semi-singing/spoken word. Perhaps this decision was made in order to give a more melodic feel to the album, but its effect was very much on the contrary, making parts of the album sound very lame. Whether it is lead vocalist Laurent or a back-up vocalist in one of the other members, he cannot sing, and his attempts at a strained, spoken word sound similar to Anders Friden’s more recent ‘clean vocal’ style; in other words, they’re terrible. It’s unfortunate that an album with such potential is brought it down by something as trivial as this. Whether or not it was an attempt to conform to any sort of death/doom ‘stereotype’ by having clean singing is a question raised, but regardless, it pulls the album down from the more acclaimed status it could’ve received.

Without a doubt, Wordless Hope has its problems; all albums do. Perhaps it was because this album is so good that its faults hurt that much more; perhaps I just feel more sympathetic towards Inborn Suffering, simply because I like them so much, yet cannot like them past a certain point because of this debut’s errors. Nevertheless, this is a good doom album. It caters for those well acquainted with the genre, and is also an excellent album to become more familiar with the genre. In other words, if you’re interested in doom, you can’t go wrong with Wordless Hope. One simply must take it with a grain of salt and enjoy what is offered, rather than focus on its shortcomings; either way, this will be a band to look out for in the future.



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rasputin
August 20th 2008



14517 Comments


A re-write of a review I lost in the crash.

IAmInsect
August 20th 2008



3800 Comments


ily

AngelPhoenix
August 20th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is better than your first version man, good stuff. I agree with pretty much everything you said. Especially the very last line, if these guys can clean up the cleans (haha), work in the spoken word in a less distracting manner (or take them out) and vary the progression of their songs a little more, their next album could be a doom masterpiece. Cheers

rasputin
August 20th 2008



14517 Comments


ily

I knew you'd come crawling back, I'm irresistable.
I think this is better than your first version man, good stuff. I agree with pretty much everything you said. Especially the very last line, if these guys can clean up the cleans (haha), work in the spoken word in a less distracting manner (or take them out) and vary the progression of their songs a little more, their next album could be a doom masterpiece. Cheers

We see pretty much eye to eye on this one. It's funny becaues I listen to this album a hell of a lot, more so than other albums that I have rated higher, but yet this really doesn't deserve any more than a 4. Looking forward to a new album from them though :DThis Message Edited On 08.20.08

foreverendeared
August 20th 2008



14678 Comments


i missed this the first go 'round. good stuff. i might check this out but my list is long thanks to Balls.

BallsToTheWall
August 20th 2008



44164 Comments


I apologize forever. Great review Rasp, lisetning to myspace and pretty great, i'll get this. French metal ftw.

foreverendeared
August 20th 2008



14678 Comments


it's cool, i actually really appreciate your recommendations. i've just been so busy working that i'm really behind on music right now.

Willie
Moderator
August 20th 2008



15877 Comments


I agree that the re-write improved on the original. I haven't heard this band, but doom is my big thing right now.

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Essence
August 20th 2008



3578 Comments


TO ARMS MEN! RISE UP AND DESTROY THE HERETIC KNOWN AS 'RASPUTIN'. KILL HIM FOR VALOR! KILL HIM FOR GLORY!



....on another note, good review as always.

fireaboveicebelow
August 20th 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review as usual, but a 4 seems too high when only half the tracks are good...but those tracks are really good

rasputin
August 20th 2008



14517 Comments


well I don't think I ever said that only half the tracks were good. The album weakens in the middle with the fourth and the fifth track being not as good as the others, but all the rest are really good.

Slaytan
August 20th 2008



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album makes for a nice listen every now ang again, IMO. Good job rasp, as usual.

Pebster49
August 21st 2008



2991 Comments


hmmm...need this

rasputin
August 21st 2008



14517 Comments


Give it a try Pebster, as Slaytan says, it's a fun listen. Nothing special, but a solid effort.

foreverendeared
August 22nd 2008



14678 Comments


rasputin for staff

rasputin
August 25th 2008



14517 Comments


Here's hoping!

DBlitz
August 25th 2008



1690 Comments


i'll have to check this out, nice review

CaptainDooRight
October 24th 2012



28353 Comments


3-3.5



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