Review Summary: An absolutely spectacular display of enjoyable and energetic music with a flair for the more technical side of instrumentation and a great vocal performance
Following their five minutes of fame upon the release of a duo of solid enough nu-metal-sounding albums, InMe have showcased themselves to be a versatile and enjoyable band despite their lack of success since that period. Daydream Anonymous, the third chapter in their story, marked a massive step forward for this act with significantly more intricate instrumentation, extended periods of guitar mentality between sections of songs and less cringe-worthy vocals than before. 2009 heralded the return of this band with their most elaborate and varied work to date, Herald Moth, marking the first and final album featuring skilled lead guitarist and solo acoustic musician Ben Konstantinovic.
Two years after beginning drafting ideas for their latest musical endeavors, InMe dropped out of a UK tour with well-known artist Pendulum and entered the studio with a past producer of theirs, Ewan Davies. The fan base of the band waited fervently for eight months before the final product was unleashed, and what an album this turned out to be. Everything that garnered their previous release such strong reviews returns here, from the frantically tapped lead passages to the schizophrenic song structures, alongside the inclusion of numerous piano introductions and the occasional sample or electronic effect. The blitzkrieg of technical wizardry is only further complimented by a soothing number that gives remarkable depth to an already excellent affair.
Twelve (or fifteen in the case of the iTunes version) tracks make up Herald Moth, claiming fifty three minutes of your time but the replay value that this has is something astounding. You Won't Hear Me Again kicks off with a short piano section before the first of many riffs that calve out the bread and butter of InMe's most mature release to date delivers a sharp stab-wound straight to the stomach. The dual-guitar assault never ceases to amaze throughout this album, and rightfully so. The ironically titled The Art Of Moderation and A Mouthful Of Loose Teeth really push both guitarists to the max with their speedy bursts of fret-board molestation. Happy To Disappoint You is a song noteworthy for the extended and magnificent guitar solo involving numerous quick runs up and down all six strings, whilst the back bone of closing number Master Storm is virtually nothing but a series of damaging shredding passages that obliterate any doubt one might have toward the band.
Despite the obvious mastery of the guitarists, to exclude a mention of the other members of this act would be criminal. Each of the four pieces of this musical puzzle are as skilled as each other and all of them are integral toward the creation of such a spectacular foray into even more over-the-top ground than they had touched base upon before. Simon Taylor's drumming isn't quite as out of control nor puzzling as the constant guitar noodling, but he more than holds his own. Master Storm in particular leaps out with the infectious beats, and let us not forget the low-end rumbling of bassist Greg McPherson that somehow manages to remain interesting amid the unweatherable storm the rest of the group create. I Will Honor You is a softer song in which the bass bleeds through and gives more depth to the track, whilst Ferocity In Desire has its moments where Greg is the focal point.
Despite the intensity of more than a few moments of Herald Moth, the band also retain their ability to create some catchy hooks and more-than-memorable moments in exquisite fashion. Single Of The Weak is a humorous take on the repetitive and uninspired radio music of today with a chorus that will be repeated forevermore upon hearing it once, whilst screaming along to the middle section of the opener is absolutely mandatory. The brief break at around 2.40 in Ferocity In Desire is one that will bring a smile to the face upon every listen, whilst the chorus of Captain Killjoy brings an energetic vibe and stands proudly as one of the best parts of this album. Dave McPherson's vocals boast a strong British accent but he puts in a confident display of angry shouts and demonic shrieks on most the tracks, whilst calming things down a little for the ballad I Will Honor You to show off a rare diversity for such a vocalist, especially one who must play such complex music on a guitar at the same time.
Overall, Herald Moth is an album with absolutely not one negative thing to speak of. Each song brings something fresh to the table, and the obvious technical skill of each member of the band is a joy to the ears. Purchase this album and prepare to be drawn into a vortex of some of the strongest technical hard rock/metal written.