Inmoria
Invisible Wounds


3.5
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
March 22nd, 2013 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Past and current members from Tad Morose and Morgana Lefay join forces in a great first attempt to exorcise the inactivity of their default outfits.

In the field of clinical psychology, “invisible wounds” holds as the default terminology for a rather broad spectrum of mental, emotional and neurological disorders. The latter may be caused by the occurrence of unfortunate or horrendous events, such as the passing of family members or the unthinkable atrocities that take place during a war or a humanitarian crisis in times of “peace”. With regard to the obscure end of the Swedish heavy/power metal scene and with all analogies accounted for, two situations could definitely be characterized as “invisible wounds”, in terms of their impact upon scene aficionados.

The first is the prolonged inactivity of power/progsters Tad Morose, a really sad situation for those who rejoiced with their 2001 reunion and the three albums that followed, especially the magnum opus Modus Vivendi, issued in 2003. The second is the rather unstable album output of power/thrash metal die-hards Morgana Lefay during the ‘00s. As both bands come from Bollnäs, Sweden, and given the infamous spontaneity of Swedish metal musicians in forming numerous projects in parallel with their default activities, it is really no surprise that past and current members of the aforementioned acts got to assemble a new project called Inmoria (more J.R.R. Tolkien, anyone?). Soon enough, the project began to operate as a full band and in 2009, the debut album Invisible Wounds was released as a great first attempt for healing the invisible wounds (sic) caused by the anaemic record output of the two previously mentioned outfits.

As Inmoria are being comprised of past and present Tad Morose and Morgana Lefay musicians, Invisible Wounds places itself in between the two mentioned outfits, albeit closer to Tad Morose and their last album Modus Vivendi. In that light, Inmoria sound way heavier than the average “Central European” power metal band, firstly due to the sound production which is suitably adapted to the needs of an ominous, modern power/thrash metal band with a legitimate twist in terms of synth melodies. Christer Andersson’s guitars bare a crunchy and aggressive texture which perfectly complements his equally aggressive riffing. The tight rhythm section of Peter Morén (drums) and Tommi Karppanen (bass) balances greatly between the trademark power/doom ethics of their homeland (Candlemass, Morgana Lefay, Memory Garden etc.) and the more contemporary power/thrash patterns of Tad Morose in Modus Vivendi, with the (abundant) double bass kick drums being coupled to the rhythm guitars quite often (“Fantasy”, “Misery”).

The twists of the album, though, lie in the keyboards of Danne Eriksson and the vocals of Charles Rytkönen. The former are really well balanced with respect to the rest of the instrumentation (with all analogies accounted for, the work of Kevin Moore in Dream Theater’s Awake comes in mind). “Goth” and/or prog metal textures shift from the rear to the forefront and back (“Come Insanity”, “Alone”), whereas some awesome industrial/electronica snaps are strategically placed in certain songs (“Alone”, “Misery”). With their turn, Rytkönen’s vocals feel like the Swedish answer to those from Jon Oliva (Savatage). Aligned with the really bleak content of the lyrics, they considerably amplify the dark tone of the album, while his multi-voiced choruses on the first half of it, file under his best work yet.

Having said the above, the album's first half is more powerful for various reasons. With respect to Rytkönen’s vocals, although they are consistent from start to finish, the same does not apply for the choruses, especially in view of the relevant work undertaken on the first half of the album. Furthermore, the excellent "extreme" metal character of the first half has been traded for more laid back and simplistic riffs and drum patterns, whereas the electronica/industrial elements don’t really add much in songs such as “I Close My Eyes” or “Will To Live”. Despite the previously mentioned shortcomings, the debut Inmoria album is a great stretch for the band’s crew, whereas the promises given herein make the anticipation of a second Inmoria album worthwhile.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Come Insanity:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z-cVU5Ybcw



Alone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjCc_ZHjcj4



Fantasy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5uGOo2jARE



As I Die:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXRFSbfEwMU



Misery:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3so_IzQYwk



Circle Of Memories:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V2AAEooM9M



Haunting shadows:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qV-HCwYvz8



Will To Live:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG0slltH2Ho



The Other Side:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3494hJ1fHg



I Close My Eyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CXHOGCVw0Q






Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


10382 Comments


more J.R.R. Tolkien, anyone?


Yes please!

Really good review, man. It's clear you know your stuff, and you do a good job of describing the music well.

I found a couple of really minor things:

"As Inmoria are being comprised of past and present Tad Morose and Morgana Lefay musicians and in view of the band’s composition,"

The second half of this reads really clunkily- I think you should trim this part up.

"the first half of the album feels more powerful with respect to the second half for various reasons"

You could just say "the album's first half is more powerful, for a few reasons." More direct and bold!

But it's nice to see you working under your new title. I don't think I've had an opportunity to tell you congrats, so congrats! =]



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for the pointers man, I edited them accordingly.

This review would make my first one as staff, but the Enforcer one was more urgent and it was posted first.

This album was a really good find, all things considering. The US and the Swedish heavy/power metal circuits are by far the most interesting ones worldwide.

Killerhit
March 22nd 2013


5345 Comments


Thanks Voivod, only you can describe a power metal album that doesn't sound like total shit and succumbs to tropes and generalizations that only fags in power metal adhere to.

Seriously good review, may check this out.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Check the YT links, this band's power metal is way more interesting than, let's say, the last Helloween album.

KjSwantko
March 22nd 2013


9448 Comments


Been meaning to jam this for a long time. The other Inmoria album is not great though.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 22nd 2013


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Heard some tunes from the second Inmoria album in YT, I liked what I heard as in a 3.5 too.

KjSwantko
March 23rd 2013


9448 Comments


I love the vocals of that dude from Lefay; that's pretty much why I'm pumped to jam this m/

Nice work as always Voi

lostforwords
March 23rd 2013


446 Comments


Seems really promising, will check

FrozenVain
March 23rd 2013


2482 Comments


Hm...sounds kinda special based on your review, but I like power metal and shizz so I will check this out.
Very good review, Voivod.

FrozenVain
March 23rd 2013


2482 Comments


I just heard Come Insanity and I can dig that so I will definitely check out the rest asap.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2013


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

In all honesty, I can't see any resemblance between Inmoria and Fear Factory.

Imho, they are two bands of totally different style.

Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2014


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Really like the music. Vocals are hit and miss. Also, I don't hear Fear Factory in this album at all.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2014


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

First half of the album slays both musically and vocally, the second half is not as strong in both sectors.

I have yet to listen to the second Inmoria album...

Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2014


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

It's more of the same. It's no better or worse than this.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2014


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

True. Although I like Ronny Hemlin (now in Tad Morose as well) as a vocalist, Rytkönen really fit well in this album.

Now that Tad Morose are back on track, this band will probably hit the shelf.

I'm hoping for Morgana Lefay to get a new album out, too.

Willie
Moderator
February 24th 2014


16145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I've never really heard either of the bands that contributed to this one.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 24th 2014


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I strongly recommend Modus Vivendi from Tad Morose and Maleficium from Morgana Lefay.

As far as Swedish doomy/aggressive heavy/power metal goes, both are excellent albums.



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