Insense are a band from Norway that plays a mixture of death metal, thrash, groove, and hardcore and this is a review of their 2014 album "De: Evolution" which was released as a joint effort between Mas-Kina Recordings and Indie Recordings.
A very dark and heavy groove metal sound starts off the album along with some aggressive screams which have a death metal edge to them as well as mixing in growls and melodic vocals and after the intro the music continues in this tradition but having a more structured and organized sound.
After awhile the music starts mixing in more alternative, emo and mainstream rock sounds along with a mixture of both clean and heavy parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the band also utilizes a great amount of melody in their sound as well as having a mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while only having a small amount of blast beats being utilized.
As the album progresses hardcore style breakdowns start becoming a huge part of the bands musical sound and they also bring in a brief use of pianos on one of the tracks and on some of the later songs a small amount of melodic guitar solos are utilized at times along with some elements of djent being added into their musical sound.
Insense have a musical sound that has the heaviness of death, thrash, groove metal and hardcore while also having the melody and mainstream feeling of emo and alternative and while this is not something I listen to on a regular basis I still feel the songs are very well executed, the production sounds very professional while th e lyrics are divided into 4 different concepts and cover dark and real life themes.
In my opinion Insense are a very decent sounding mixture of alternative, death metal, thrash, groove and hardcore and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Meandering" "What Life" "Sick Is the Will" and "Some Holy Thing". 7/2 out of 10.