Review: Insanity – Visions of Apocalypse

Posted: November 23, 2015 in Reviews
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Insanity - Visions of Apocalypse

American death/thrash legends Insanity, one of SOOO many on Encyclopedia Metallum, are releasing their new album, twenty years after their debut ‘Death After Death’. They’ve split and reformed a few times, and this marks a thirty year anniversary in 2015. Since the untimely passing of drummer Bud Mills in 2007, the band has fought to get this album finished, and at last we are here

Opener ‘Sacrefixion’ is a rabid, hyper blasting slice of thrashy death metal. It’s very reminiscient of early US death metal, particularly bands like Massacre or very early Death. There’s a rather wonderful nostalgia about it, music played by veterans of a scene so influential. You can hear every 90s death metal band trope trotted out here, with spiralling solos and growling rage. ‘When’ is more of the same, rocking a savage Deicide vibe.

There’s some great lead work on ‘Visions of Apocalypse’, including the classic riffs that open ‘Sociopath’ with its almost Entombed feel. There’s dashes of early Swedeath mixed into the more USDM sounds, with the rasping ‘Disillusioned sounding almost like Immolation doing a Grave cover. It’s very obvious that Insanity have been around for a long time, as they have got that classic death metal sound. The songs on ‘Visions of Apocalypse’ are tight, well written and full of riff tastic brutality.

Whether Insanity’s new record will get them noticed a bit more, only time will tell. It’s a good record full of great songs, but there’s a lot of bands peddling ‘old school death metal’ these days. Hopefully their genuine longevity and experience will push them above the flotsam to be mentioned in the same breath as the legends.


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