Not to be confused
with the almost homonymous Italian Heavy Metal band, Modena's 5-piece's
debut visiting card is a mini-CD lasting over 25 minutes, and till today
yet the only trace left by the Emilians as of yet.
The intro "Woken up from An Eternal Sleep" starts a
là My Dying Bride and then embraces a Black riff for the rest
of it, while "Inner Mask pt. I" winds up through the
latest Death and a Suffocation-like refrain. There's also place for
different riffs and various vocal styles, including screaming on the
trail of Cryptopsy's early Lord Worm, Swedish Death and the Thrash Death
of transalpine school (Massacra for instance).
A couple of reflective moments are not missing in the following "Inner
Mask pt. II", an instrumental track ranging from Doom, to the
Death of the middle-period/latest Death, to decaying arpeggioes and
James Murphy-flavoured solos and much much more.
"Primordial Rising" rides Black as well as Death, but
in this case it embodies not only the main influencial band to Screaming
Shadow, that is the late Chuck Schuldiner's band , but also the brutal
Death of Internal Bleeding and the ultra-brutal Death of Dying Fetus
and Sanatorium. The composition stands out thanks to the singer's abilities
and the bass lines in the end, whereas I am not fully satisfied by the
long closure, "Siren - A Demon Eager for A Soul", touching
Doom and Black, massively recurring to arpeggioes and female guest vocals.
It sounds good on paper, in practice something went wrong during the
arranging of the distorted part, and this time the guitar solo is idle
and completely uninspired.
Notwithstanding this, the imperfect insertion of some words in a few
fast passages, and the low-budget recording, "Inner"
is an EP that can be listened with pleasure, luckily devoid of antics,
kitsch solutions and where tangible possibilities of improvement can
be found out.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th September 2006