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Insanity Reigns Supreme : ...and Darkness Drowned the Land Divine

Every country with a dark or rainy climat usually brings forth one or more interesting doom-metal bands. Insanity Reigns Supreme is the only Belgian doom band around that has a full lenght CD released. The album more or less came as a 10th anniversary of the band. In those 10 years of existence, they only released two demo cd's and a couple of songs for compilation albums. This really is a shame, because this band produces excellent doom/death metal with very deep grunts and great guitar work.

This album contains only 7 songs, but all of them are top class dark atmospheric songs. Every now and then, we get a slightly faster death metal attack, which keeps the attention to the album. The faster parts are great for their live appearances too. The lyrics are very doomy, touching different kinds of doom stereotypes: suffering, pain, pure darkness, but there's also a song about vampirism. All of this in English, French, German and an occasional sentence of Latin. In the background, sometimes female vocals or a synth are featured.

The best reference for this album would be Anathema's 'Serenades', with a deeper death grunt and a better, more professional production. This is top notch doom-death metal, a personal favourite of mine. But it's about time for a new release, if you ask me!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Trauma Paradise
2. The Bitter Kiss of Death
3. Finsternis
4. The Pain Eternal
5. In the Arms of Solitude
6. La Tristesse Eternelle
7. Burn the Flame of Sadness

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Insanity Reigns Supreme bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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