Review Summary: Fascinating and somewhat refreshing take on what's been done before them.2 of 2 thought this review was well written
After their inception in late 2006, Copenhagen based The Interbeing had couple of years to flesh out what was to become the self-released 'Perceptual Confusion'. The end result sounds to have been lifted from the very pages of early Mnemic with a touch of In Flames thrown in there, so we have so far established that there is nothing new here in terms of originality but that does not mean that they don't have anything to offer, due to the fact that there is what seems to be passion, conviction and resilience in their playing is always very welcome instead of plundered ideas being rehashed only to become a poor man's Mnemic.
The EP kicks off with lead single 'Face Deletion' which is a brilliant start as it instantly gives you an fair idea of what this band is all about as a first listener and it pretty much sets the mood and feel of the whole record as dark and moody.
The highlight of this track is the noticeable presence of electronic Industrial influences that are present and soaked throughout each songs thanks to the creative programing of Boas Segel who effortlessly gives an eerie atmospheric feel that perfectly compliments other abounding instruments.
The all too familiar Scandinavian sound continues on 'Fields of Grey' which opens with a very subtle and sullen introduction which is instantly shifts into life with a bouncy and lively riff that's held steadily by a nice thick but distant bass behind it which is all mixed exceptionally gives way to a ethereal and cleanly sung chorus that feels like a break from the maelstrom.
Closing track 'In the Transcendence' is an instrumental that's completely lead by keys and synths, sounding very apocalyptic and menacing but not the best instrumental you've head by miles. The fact that all the songs here can sound a tad too over-produced might put off some listeners but it's clear that this is the objective to attain that slick and swanky sound which represents the future.
On the subject of Mnemic, vocalist Dara Tomas Toibin's screams are very reminiscent of Michael Bøgballe but strangely enough, his clean vocals are similar to Guillaume Bideau, maybe it's all a massive coincidence going on here but the evidence is so damning.
The screams are harsh, animalistic and lightly growled which seems add another layer in the dynamism musically, they are very tight and concise which is essential if they want their brand of futuristic melodic metal to be up there with their fellow countrymen.
Still unsigned, this EP has won the band serious recognition on their home soil with being nominated ‘Talent of the Year Award' at the Danish Metal Awards 2008 which is all the more impressive for bunch of unknowns who somehow managed to carve themselves a fantastically produced product for the world to hear, a hell of a way to kick start a career but it's a long way to go and with debut album ready and round the corner, it could go either way but it's looking very promising judging by this EP.