Meshuggah are fast becoming one of the major influences within the metal genre nowadays. There are scores of bands influenced by these innovative Swedes. TesseracT, The Human Abstract, Xerath and Textures to name a few. Norwegian band Insense are the latest addition to the growing legion of Meshuggah inspired devotees. Let’s take a look at their latest album, entitled “Burn In Beautiful Fire”.

According to the biography Anders Friden (In Flames) thinks Insense is the next big thing. I’m not that convinced though. Granted, the band know how to write a couple of decent tunes and they manage to incorporate the Meshuggah and Hatebreed influences well. ‘Death For Me, Death For You’, ‘Surviving Self Resentment’,’ Alone In A Crowd’ and ‘Envy The Dead’ are good examples of what the band are capable of in terms of song writing and instrumental prowess.

My main problem with Burn In Beautiful Fire is two-fold. First, the vocals by guitarist/singer Tommy Hjelm are clearly the weakest link here. He does a nice job imitating Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), but his clean vocals are simply terrible. That’s especially the case in ‘Death For You, Death For Me’ and ‘Alone In A Crowd’. Secondly, Insense aren’t exactly reinventing the wheel on this album. There’s nothing wrong with displaying your sources of inspiration in your music, but it would be nice and advisable to give it your own specific and preferably innovative spin to it. I don’t hear anything new on “Burn In Beautiful Fire” which hasn’t been done before by other bands…

I’ve got more uplifting news on the sound department. The production of this album is as solid and massive as they come and it even gives this album a mechanical feel.

Insense obviously consists of capable musicians and “Burn In Beautiful Fire” isn’t really that bad, but please try something a bit more original next time…

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