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Insanity Reigns Supreme : Prophecy of Doom

These guys waited a long time to release their debut album ('...and Darkness Drowned the Land Divine...' got released at the occasion of the band's 10th anniversary) and they waited a long time again for the release of the follow-up to that. Two line-up changes (bassist and second guitarist) and a record company that folded couldn't make the band stop, but they slowed down the process. Replacements being found, the new bassist also having his own record company, things were finally going the good way again for Insanity Reigns Supreme halfway 2002. The second album is the result of this.

This album is a solid one, and is entirely what was to be expected. Five years in between and the addition of two new musicians obviously had an influence. However, the general sound and style of the album are very much Insanity Reigns Supreme like we have known them. Standard doom/death metal, with emphasis on heavy atmosphere by dual guitars and grunts, the occasional blastbeat or hook for variation.

Formally, the differences between first and second album seem small. Both albums have 7 songs (although the second one has 3 small intro parts), are packaged with artwork that has been taken care of, though overloaded with symbolism and occult imagery that sometimes smells overly ripe (see also the videoclip that was downloadable from this website).

Now onto things that matter: the music. We can hear the band exploring their paths further, but never jumping to another track. They stay within the limits that have been set to the genre, but manage to avoid the mindless drivel and degenerated run-off-the-mill substandard doomdeath that is flooding the market for the last couple of years. The songs are catchy, well worked out (well... they took their time for it anyway) and have more than enough variety to stay interesting. Especially the opening riff in 'Blasphemy' and the guitar hook in 'Invocation' are appealing. Most of the songs here will be sounding good in a live setting too, due to the catchiness and tempo variations. The occasional headbanger on a doom gig may be happy with the high "bang" factor as well.

Insanity Reigns Supreme is a band that I have followed closely over the latest years, so I have been awaiting this new album with high expectations. It gives me mixed feelings, due to the lack of real innovation (many of you will have heard most of this before) yet a very high quality level of the songs, heavy production, songs that can keep your interest, but lyrics that contain a few biblical references too many to be taken seriously. However, in general, the album pleases me. Once you put the imagery aside, a musically strong release remains. This one will be loved by those of you who think that Mourning Beloveth and early Novembers Doom made some of the best albums ever. And if doom/death with dual guitar countermelodies is your cup of tea, then Criz' grunts will certainly be the sugar in there.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ...the Prophecy...
2. Prophecy of Doom
3. Dawn of Awakening
4. Forever Damned
5. Blasphemy
6. ...the Revelation...
7. The Fallen
8. Invocation
9. Apocalypse
10. ...the Cult...

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

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