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Insanity Reigns Supreme : Preludes of Darkness

This is not a real album, but a compilation of the first and second demo of Insanity Reigns Supreme and a song written for a metal compilation album.

The first four songs on this disc make up their 1996 demo 'Our Path is Dark and Lonely', starting off with a classical sounding intro. This demo was recorded with the aid of Teutonic Existence Records. Last song of the demo is 'Trauma Paradise' would also become the opening track of their 1998 debut album. The third song on the second demo is called 'Dark From the Soul' and it shall be re-recorded for the album that should be released at the end of 2001. If the band manages to find a record label, that is.

The music sounds very much like on their debut album. The production could have been better, but we are still talking about a demo of course. After this demo, we can find a song that was recorded for the 'Detonation Vol.1 Metal Compilation' in 1993. Especially the vocals sound a little different. We don't hear the very deep grunt of singer Criz like on the later songs. Criz' vocals are a bit more high pitched and we can hear some kind of grinding death vocals.

The vocals are even higher on the following songs, that date back from their first demo 'Insanity Reigns Supreme' of 1991. The cover artwork of that demo leaves no doubt: This is death metal music. Complete with faster, aggressive parts, lyrics about diseases and death and artwork in the fleshy vein. But it would not be Insanity Reigns Supreme if it were standard death metal. We hear experimental synth sounds for intros. Faster parts are alternated with slower, doomier parts. We also hear very short pieces of female vocals, sung by the same person from their debut album. The guitar has a lot of distortion and sounds very sharp. The drums are way in the back and bass or bass drum can hardly be heard at times, which is a shame.

It is clear that this band has had a long history. They became better musicians and songwriters during the years, but still it is interesting to hear where it all comes from. Too bad they need such a long time for writing an album. We had to wait 10 years for the debut. Let's hope we don't have to wait that long for the follow-up too.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Core of Creation
2. Sorrowful End
3. Dark From the Soul
4. Trauma Paradise
5. Secular Condolence
6. Mortalizing the Dead
7. Lazarus' Return
8. Altered Existence
9. Red Plague (Condemned to Burst)

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

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