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 »

Feb 192013
 

In Vain 2012Norway’s In Vain will release its third attack of progressive extreme metal, Ænigma, on March 8 in Norway, March 15 in Germany and Austria and March 11 in the rest of Europe through Indie Recordings. The band’s most extreme work to date, it was mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren [Opeth, Soilwok, Borknagar] atFascination Street in Örebro, Sweden. The cover artwork was designed by Robert Høyem.

A six-minute YouTube clip containing audio samples of all the tracks on the album is available below. Continue reading »

Jan 292013
 

In Vain 2012Norway’s In Vain will release its third attack of progressive extreme metal, Ænigma, on March 8 in Norway, March 15 in Germany and Austria and March 11 in the rest of Europe through Indie Recordings. The band’s most extreme work to date, it was mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren [Opeth, Soilwok, Borknagar] atFascination Street in Örebro, Sweden. The cover artwork was designed by Robert Høyem. You can watch a studio sessions video below.

According to a press release, Ænigma contains “eight songs of In Vain‘s unique trademark sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, and ‘Ænigma’ sees appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald.” Continue reading »

Jan 232013
 

In Vain 2012Norway’s In Vain will release its third attack of progressive extreme metal, Ænigma, on March 8 in Norway, March 15 in Germany and Austria and March 11 in the rest of Europe through Indie Recordings. The band’s most extreme work to date, it was mixed and produced by the legendary Jens Bogren [Opeth, Soilwok, Borknagar] atFascination Street in Örebro, Sweden. The cover artwork was designed by Robert Høyem. Check it below.

According to a press release, Ænigma contains “eight songs of In Vain‘s unique trademark sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, and ‘Ænigma’ sees appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald.” Continue reading »