Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Inset - Last Breath

Inset are a relatively new Polish death metal group who just formed in 2011. About a year later the band have released their debut EP, Last Breath, via Legacy Records. So far, the band have received unbridled support from their homeland and even some limited international praise. How does this entry EP stack up, and should we be looking forward to more from these newcomers?

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Legacy Records
Release Date: October 11th, 2012
  1. Intro
  2. Sunday Hordes
  3. Touch of Life and Death
  4. Last Breath Before Us
Total Playtime: 15 minutes, 22 seconds





Rating: 9.5/10






Inset are a relatively new Polish death metal group who just formed in 2011. About a year later the band have released their debut EP, Last Breath, via Legacy Records. So far, the band have received unbridled support from their homeland and even some limited international praise. How does this entry EP stack up, and should we be looking forward to more from these newcomers?

The "Intro" track opens the album with a cinema styled introduction that is complete with the sound of bombs falling, machine guns firing, breaking glass, dying screams, distressing organs and haunting choruses that perfectly depict the album artwork, leading one to imagine a world torn apart by warfare. After the minute and seventeen seconds of atmospheric setup, "Sunday Hordes" bursts onto the speakers with an invasion of machine gunning double bass drumming and an assaulting arsenal of guitar riffs. The bass kicks the intensity up fervently with deep notes that bomb the ear drums of the listener.


Last Breath is a completely high energy, chaotic, musical warfare weapon comprised of an arsenal that consists of articulate, driving bass lines, accelerated guitar riffs, velocious solos and heart bursting drumming. On the front lines, the bass sounds like it's dropping notes straight to hell while the rhythm guitar administers a heavy dosage of fast, galloping riffs. Backing these two components up are the never faltering drums that generally stick to following the rhythm and tempo of the rhythm guitar; when the rhythm guitar is displaying galloping riffs, the drums follow suite with swift double bass kicks and talented rolls. When the pace slows down, the drums keep a steady, marching back beat that drives the content to new levels. From time to time, the material finds itself overlaid with high velocity lead solos that use a wide range of techniques to entertain the listener; from using pinch harmonics to tremolo picking. The vocals, while powerful, are really the only element here that need to be stepped up with a bit more innovation and originality; as they are, they sound greatly influenced by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher from Cannibal Corpse. The band as a whole pull off admirable precision composures that incorporate brief, well-timed rests that sometimes get filled by buzzing guitars or skillful bass lines.

Inset have managed to pull off an original, memorable EP at the beginning of their career; earning themselves justified praise and a die hard fan base. Last Breath has a high replayability value to it that many EPs lack, due to how short the content usually is. Clocking in at just over fifteen minutes in length, this material stays fresh again and again for many spins to come. Highly recommended for death metal fans and those that enjoy their bass at refreshingly audible levels. Expect new content from these newcomers hopefully later this year, or perhaps in 2014.

Digital Download Provided by: Badgod Music

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