I.N.R.I. - _Ultra Sonic Hatestorm_
(Disconcert Music, 2006)
by: Jeremy Ulrey (6 out of 10)
Ignominious Non Returnable Igloos? Isotropic Neon Retro Idiocy? I have no idea what I.N.R.I. stands for. (OK, so according to Wikipedia it's "Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm" or "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews", but I like mine better.) Their MySpace page is equally coy: "New songs are ready to record, the band almost completed their line-up... so you just might hear from them in the future." Thanks for keeping us apprised, hombres... what can be gleaned from the info available is that, since the release of _Ultra Sonic Hatestorm_, there has been a bit of turnover at the drum kit and bass position. New drummer: check. New bassist: still on the drawing board, apparently.

I.N.R.I. are rooted in old-school death metal, back from before the genre had shed off much of its thrash influence. There is a welcome reliance on melody and guitar solos, although this kind of unabashed brutality shouldn't be confused with the likes of In Flames. The breakneck pace rarely lets up, but there are identifiable riffs amidst all the sonic maelstrom. Lyrically the band tread rudimentary ground, and as such are most endearing on tongue-in-cheek anthems like "1000 Pounds of Pure Satan" and "Thrash Until Found Worthy". Despite the old-school death feel, most songs deal with social and political themes in a self-empowering manner a la Pantera, although the similarities to the two bands end there.

I.N.R.I. show promise with their sophomore effort, but need a little extra kick to take them to the next level. Perhaps the recent line-up changes will provide exactly that.

Contact: http://www.myspace.com/houseofinri

(article published 5/25/2007)


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