Raffy Reviews - Innards: 'Back From The Grave, Straight In Your Face'

A fresh yet familiar call back to 90s death metal/grindcore in every way

April 1, 2020


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The band formally known as Innards is a new Portuguese death/grind project based in the capital city of Lisbon that's been catching out attention around here as of late. For one thing, the trio is obsessed with writing music centering around themes of death, horror and the Occult...which is all that we could easily get behind. In addition to that, the band's recently been taken under the wing of Transcending Obscurity Records: one indie underground metal label we've taken a close liking to in the past and an entity I particularly enjoy coming back to for new tunes. So, without further ado, I bring to you the artists' debut EP titled Back From The Grave, Straight In Your Face. Let's talk a little bit about it.



This three track collection of death metal and grindcore nostalgia sounds starts off pretty simple with a Gothenburg-styled tremolo riffing pattern going on for a bit following some horror movie ambiance and is shortly led by some death metal verses in the form of an Exhumed type pattern and similar sounding vox. One thing that stuck out to me was the production quality, which sounded rather on the more polished side for an indie/local release of this calibre. Additionally, I liked separate things about all three of the songs on here, but, I thought that the intro track was the most balanced in terms of the instrumentals and vox mixture. There are a few solos here and there and some vocals guest spots on the second song as well as a more instrumental focus on the third track...however, it's the first song that stuck with me overall for its vibes and consistency.



I decently enjoyed the basis and general concept revolving around this EP. It's all in all a brief call back to the world and era of the 1990s oldschool of death metal, grindcore and all the sounds in between of that time period. It's got those distinct Dead Infection/Impetigo guitar riffs mixed in with some grindy Exhumed-esque mix of vocals and production quality that turned out to be quite a bit better than initially expected out of this little release. It's fresh, yet oddly familiar all at the same time and the overall ambition is there, so I'd be inclined to hear what the band would be able to pull of on a full-length calibre album that's a bit more fleshed out all things considered. But, as this one stands, it's a decent sixteen or so minutes of deathgrind extremities.


Fave Track: 'Intro - Night of the Anthropophagus'

**This release is available now digitally and physically here!**


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-Review by: Dave Raffy

Musician, reviewer, fan & promoter


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