In Vain – “Currents”

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Jun 022018

Five years ago, In Vain released Ænigma, a complicated 60 minutes of progressive death/black metal and now In Vain returns with Currents, bringing an equally complex blend of metal styles that goes even beyond their previous release in a collection of songs showcasing songcraft and strong, heavy performances.

Given the progressive death/doom label and their home in Norway, expectations are high for In Vain, a band that has been around for at least 11 years.  In 2007, their debut album, The Latter Rain, was released and received critical acclaim as well as a sense of wonder over the epic feel of the album which featured nearly 20 additional musicians.  As is often the case with new bands, critics were not so fond of the bands sophomore release, Mantra,  in 2010.  For Ænigma and now Currents, the band brought in Jens Borgen (Opeth, Soilwork, Borknagar) to handle production and mixing duties and as expected the album had an impressive powerful sound. Guest musicians always seem to show up on In Vain albums and notable for Currents is that Matthew Kiichi Heafy of Trivium makes a guest appearance on “Soul Adventurer”.  As a driving theme for the album, the band talks about the shifts and changes happening in our time, from migrations and movements of people, traditions, and cultures to dramatic changes in lifestyles and traditions that challenges old patterns and create tensions and opportunities. Continue reading »

Feb 252018

Norwegian prog. extreme metallers are currently on the road, supporting Orphaned Land (IL) on their “Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs” European tour 2018, also Subterranean Masquerade (US/NO/IL) and Aevum (IT) are part of this tour. Fan-filmed video footage from their sold out show in Arnhem (the Netherlands) yesterday (24 Feb.) can be watched below.

Check out the tour schedule with all dates and locations below.

More than 10 years after their grand debut, In Vain released their fourth album“Currents,” on January 26th via Indie Recordings. Continue reading »

Jan 132018

In Vain is pleased to release their new single ‘Soul Adventurer’, the second single from their upcoming album “Currents”.

‘Soul Adventurer’ features a special guest performance by the legendary Matthew Kiichi Heafy from Trivium… The track is now available on all digital platforms’

More than 10 years after their grand debut, In Vain returns with their fourth album “Currents,” on January 26th via Indie Recordings.

The pioneers of progressive extreme metal return with a consummate and complete offering. Without question, “Currents” is the definite pinnacle of In Vain’s career so far. Unique, innovative and catchy compositions with longevity that merge elements from many different genres, whilst still maintaining a carefully balanced dynamic. In Vain retains a principal focus on solid songwriting with cleverness and an original edge. Add to that a stellar, organic production tweaked to perfection by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. Continue reading »

Aug 162013

Tied Down EP 2013Hardcore metal band from Houston Tied Down has released a self-titled EP [with band members from Currents]. The EP is available for free download or pay what you want on their bandcamp profile. In that last case you support the band and their music.

The EP includes these five songs: ‘Tied Down’, ‘Trample’, ‘Winter’s Hollow Bone’, ‘Misplaced’, ‘Head In The Sand’. Continue reading »

Currents – Spirit And Truth

 Posted by on December 30, 2012 at 19:09  No Responses »
Dec 302012

Currents_spirittruth2012Currents are a Christian hardcore band based in Houston (Texas, US) and was formed late 2011. They began writing material for the January 2012 release of a free EP entitled ‘The King’. After this release Currents worked on playing shows in and out of Houston and ended up signing to Red Cord Records. After a week of secluded writing and two weeks in the Red Cord studio Currents their debut full-length ‘Spirit And Truth’ was ready to be released.

There can be no doubt as to what Currents stands for. “I know I’m nothing without You. Let me be a part of Your kingdom.” (‘Meaningless’), “We are looking forward to the great city of God.” (‘Looking Forward’) and “I answer to no one but the King.” (‘Deliverer’) are as clear as they can be. At times the band teeters on the edge of sounding too preachy and every now and then a moral persuasion is rather imposed (‘Looking Forward’). At other times there is more room for interpretation. Continue reading »