Inhuman Spirits

Label: Massacre Records
Three similar bands:
Arch Enemy/Dagoba/Death Angel
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Inhuman Spirits
2. Awakening
3. Embrace The Flames
4. Conspiracies Of The Flesh
5. Inhaling Mental Chaos
6. Mansion Of Torture
7. The Quintessence Of Evil
8. A Spiral To Nothing
9. The Great Deceiver
10. Vålnader

Lawrence Mackrory - Vocals
Christofer Malmström - Guitars
Klas Ideberg - Guitars
Jörgen Löfberg - Bass
Peter Wildoer - Drums

1999 RustedAngel
2001 Insanity
2002 Expanding Senses
2005 Layers Of Lies
2008 DemonicArt

2013 The Sinister Supremacy


Produced and engineered by Darkane and Lawrence Mackrory
Drums, bass and guitars recorded by Darkane at Not Quite Studios in Helsingborg, Sweden.
Vocals recorded by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios in Uppsala, Sweden
Mixed and mastered by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios
Album artwork and layout design by Mathias Blom / The Happy Creative

Released 2022-06-24
Reviewed 2022-08-27


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Quite a few years have passed since Darkane last released an album, their latest effort came back in 2013. I wrote fairly positively about it as well as the previous album to it but none of them really stood out, therefore one of the questions when looking upon this new album would be if the long pause between the album has been good or if it would have been wiser for them not to have continued at all. One this that is great is the art, it is cool and menacing – you could buy the vinyl just because it looks good.

They make groovy thrash- or death metal with growly vocals some catchy stuff and solid melodies. The production is very good, as is the variation. You will find the sound of Darkane familiar from their previous stuff, but also fresher and more modern with lots of depth. I would say that it is a strong and varied production with sensible playing time, it might not stand vary far away from all the masses, but it feels like a fresh and interesting album from the creative standpoint – so perhaps those years between albums was a positive. One aspect such a long break can have is that you have time to lose a bit of connection with the previous albums which can lead to a more relevant new album.

This album starts great with a very strong title tracks, and then it follows on that path throughout the entirety of the album. The title track is the one I think of when thinking of this album, but there are several other great ones on this album, and there isn’t much in terms of weaknesses. I haven’t heard every album of the seven that Darkane have given us, but from the ones I have heard I would say that this one is the greatest. Perhaps they found what they needed during their long absence since 2013.

I can recommend this one, at least that you check it out – I don’t think you should miss it if you like the groovier stuff or the melodic extreme metal. Darkane gives us a very strong album with groovy and catchy songs – it has been quite enjoyable listening to it. I recommend that you check this one out, otherwise you might miss something.