Dead End Finland
Inter Vivos

Label: Inverse Records
Tre liknande bands: Cynical Existence/Rammstein/MyGrain

Betyg: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Recensent: Daniel Källmalm
1. Deathbed
2. Closer To Extinction
3. Lifelong Tragedy
4. Tightrope
5. Dark Horizon
6. Dead Calm
7. War Forevermore
8. My Pain
9. Born Hollow
10. In Memoriam

Mikko Virtanen - Vocals
Santtu Rosén - Guitars & Bass
Miska Rajasuo - Drums
Jarno Hänninen - Keys

Stain Of Grace (2011)
Season of Withering (2013)
Slaves to the Greed (2016)



Released 2020-01-24
Reviewed 2020-01-24


inverse records

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It is the fourth album for the lads who are the members of Finnish band Dead End Finland, a band who can apply the title Inter Vivos on their career so far. They have been around for twelve years and this is their most complete effort to date, according the members of the band. Well, I cannot comment on that as I haven’t heard them before but the logo and cover looks kind of typical for a melodic death metal band and I would consider them such a band, perhaps not typical but a melodic death metal band.

Their sound is forged in the melodic death metal but also has a soundtrack quality to it and plenty of electronic stuff with keys and synths, perhaps a bit of an industrial touch. The vocals are more or the clean than of the growly variety, at least that is how it seems and I think fans of the melodeath genre might want to have a bit more growly stuff. The album is relatively varied throughout and I would say that it is somewhat fresh, not very original but they have a somewhat fresh touch.

Some reviewer claimed that the band was lacking personality on their first three albums and that this one was a step in the right direction with more personal songs, such a thing is always positive. I think they sound fairly fresh and that they are good. What is lacking is the little extra, that mega hit song which smatters the speakers with death metallic brilliance – something to make you remember this album; it is a touch flat in that regard.  But it is certainly not a poor album, it is fairly enjoyable and quite relaxing to listen to and that is enough when listening but eventually it will leave you wanting something more.

I give them an approving nod to acknowledge that they have put together a very solid effort with no major weakness. Could be worth checking out for the one who likes the melodic death metal genre, personally I wouldn’t have minded if they had dared a bit more and made something a little bit more exciting and adventurous. Fine album but not a fantastic one.