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 »

May 192014

In Vain OberhausenIt has been a little over two months since Borknagar toured Europe together with four other bands, including In Vain. They did not have a concert in the Netherlands unfortunately. They did however perform just across the border in Oberhausen, Germany. When I arrived, it took me a while to get used to club Helvete. It looks like a large English pub that is transformed into a metal café rather than the typical music venues one sees in the Netherlands. The stage is rather small, but that comes with the advantage that you can get so close to the band members that you can almost touch them.In Vain 2

My phone display shows it’s 20 minutes to nine, perfectly acceptable given that I had to have a 2-hour ride (I don’t live that close to the border). Unfortunately though, Shade Empire, the first act of the evening, starts playing their last song just when I enter the venue. Since one song is obviously way too little for me to make a valuable comment about them, I won’t. way too little for me to make a valuable comment about them, I won’t. It’s about 8 o’ clock when  Ereb Altor starts playing. You can’t help but notice that this Swedish band brought their face paint, which makes their appearance somewhat similar to the Dutch band Slechtvalk. Continue reading »

In Vain – Ænigma

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Mar 292013

invainaenigmaThere are some who prefer their metal uncomplicated and for those, Ænigma is not for you.  In Vain have assembled nearly 60 minutes of progressive death/black metal in this release, and as you may surmise from the description, there are complicated arrangements, long songs, and an overall majestic sense and feel to the album.

Norway’s In Vain released their first album, The Latter Rain, in 2007 to great reviews, many of which commented on the epic feel of the project that was certainly influenced by the nearly 20 additional musicians used in the recording.  Many of the same critics were not quite as fond of the follow-up album, Mantra, that was released in 2010 as it seemed to be a bit of departure from the progressive black/death metal sound many were expecting.  For Ænigma, In Vain enlisted Jens Borgen (Opeth, Soilwork, Borknagar) to handle production and mixing duties and as one would expect with that pedigree, Ænigma certainly carries that towering sound.  Again, guest musicians play a role in an In Vain album, with Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald notably adding their skills to the mix on some songs. Continue reading »