Country: Greece
Title: La Danse Macabre
Label: Satanath / Ira Aeterna
Year: 2018
Style: Symphonic Black Metal

Greek duo Inhibitions have been around since 2008 and this is their second full-length album to date, a 10 tracks material clocking almost 50 minutes of playing time. Black Metal is the name of the game here, but not influenced by that traditional Greek Black Metal sound and pattern, but much more by the Scandinavian Black Metal, and indeed both the album and its production sound like a demo from the '90's freezing northern Black Metal scene; a good demo, indeed, but still a demo. The sound is quite thin for this day and age, I used to listen to a lot such material back in the '90's though; the drums are programmed and they sound quite synthetic, you should know that beforehand, and the bass lines are the thinest here, almost non supportive from the sound point of view (not composition or execution, which seem good enough but hard to follow nonetheless). The best things about this album are the complex and expressive compositions, good harmonies demonstrating real potential in delivering catchy, memorable tunes, with just the right amount of repetitive patterns to not remain unnoticed by the listener. The guitar tone is freezing cold and suits perfectly the traditional (second wave) Black Metal riffs, and the keyboards are also a good addition to the whole, reminding me of the first attempts to bring this instrument in Black Metal (where indeed Greek bands had a serious influence). All in all I'd say this is a good album for nostalgics, but for the new hordes of Black Metal followers this might sound too outdated.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7/10