INANNA - Void of Unending Depths (CD)
The highly anticipated 3rd full-length by this Chilean band. In a weird and horrific hallucination, guitarist/songwriter Diego Ilabaca received the revelation to create new music. Still in his teen years, he came up with the idea of fusing his favorite albums, Sepultura´s Morbid Visions and Morbid Angel´s Altars of Madness, with the mysticism and transcendence of the long and amazingly structured compositions of his 70´s Prog-Rock heroes. It took a long time to find the right musicians to realize that vision. Once he did, and like the powerful gods of the Sumerian pantheon, Inanna came to life from the netherworld in 2000, obsessed with the early technical Death Metal acts such as Atheist, Cynic, Death and Pestilence, and plagued with the evil brutality of Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Immolation and Gorguts. Even though inspired by those acts, this four-piece entity walk a path of uniqueness through their own spheres and interdimensional portals. Unlike other ridiculously over-the-top, ultra-complex, soulless bands, Inanna seek inspiration in the outer worlds and the obscure abysses of the unknown, via demented growls, the nightmarish writings of H.P. Lovecraft, mythology and ancient lore. Malice, death and insanity, the human mind and Cthulhu spells also lurk deep within the band´s concept, like eerie sea tales from a distant century that one can only whisper in fear. After two albums and many a stage hit by Diego Ilabaca (guitars), Max Neira (bass/vocals), Carlos Fuentes (drums/guitars), and Cristobal Gonzalez (guitars) over the band´s years of existence, Inanna are now ready to unleash their 3rd full-length opus, Void of Unending Depths. Immediately upon pressing "play", it is crystal clear: Inanna have delivered a masterwork in Void of Unending Depths. While not betraying their core sound they´ve patiently perfected all these years -a swirling maelstrom of bent riff logic, angular speed, world-eating vocal dementia and otherworldly atmosphere- on this 3rd album do the Chileans convey a confidence of vision and execution that puts them in the upper echelons of Death Metal´s elite. Indeed, it is still proudly Death Metal in name and deed -and same goes for the album´s production and mix/mastering, all courtesy of Fuentes- but Inanna imaginatively weave wonderous, horrifying sensations into the nearly hour-long work that verily transport the listener to dread landscapes on the very thresholds of the imagination, or, at its very depths, a certain "lunar ocean" if you will. For these waves are wayward and turbulent, twisting with a madness only known to their creators; we are simply helpless to fight against that terrible tide. Respite comes, albeit briefly (and beautifully), in spiraling clean-toned fusion breaks, painting yet more rich hues onto that Death Metal titan... Hearing is believing, but Void of Unending Depths is guaranteed to be one of Death Metal´s mightiest records this year. Perhaps one need only to peer deeply into the vivid cover artwork courtesy of Daniel Hermosilla to get a visual clue into Void of Unending Depths´ madness/mastery. No other words necessary: Inanna have delivered a modern classic!