Thrash/death metal outfit Izegrim has always been a household name in the local metal underground in Zutphen, the Netherlands. Despite a couple of lineup changes the band always managed to soldier on and with the support of French metal label Listenable Records things are on the up and up. Last October they released a new album, entitled “Congress Of The Insane”. Let’s see whether the bands latest offering holds any water.
On “Congress Of The Insane” the band does what it does best, namely delivering a lethal mixture of thrash/death metal. Izegrim may not be the most forward thinking or innovative band of the pack, but they more than make up for that in terms of sheer attitude and clever songwriting. Tracks like ‘Relic Of The Past’, ‘Celebratory Gunfire’ and ‘Modern Day Freak’ are poignant examples of the band’s collective craft.
Izegrim is a solid unit as a whole, but it’s the sheer ferocity of frontwoman’s Marloes’ growls and screams that makes her a standout among her peers. She really gives someone like Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy) a run for her money and probably the vast majority of her male counterparts as well.
“Congress Of The Insane” by Izegrim is a ferocious attack on the senses executed by a band who are fully aware of their musical capabilities and (possible) pitfalls. If you’re looking for balls-to-the-wall no thrills thrash/death metal then this release should fulfill all your needs and desires.