Insentient – Remnants (EP)

I am not going to lie. Latin women are God’s gift to the world—or in this case, Satan’s. Had Leslie Medina (vocals/guitars) and Kimberly Orellano (guitars) not been members of this band when I saw Insentient open for Marduk, Moonspell, Inquisition, and The Foreshadowing last year, I would not have taken much notice. Had the band consisted of the usual long-haired, bearded metalheads, I probably would have just dismissed them as a generic metal opener. Instead, it was refreshing to see Leslie Medina with some demonic vocals and Kimberly Orellano shredding on guitar while always smiling. They were cute, however the music was anything, but cute. These ladies do not need their tits out to get attention; their music does all the talking. Insentient plays some brutal blackened death metal with some old-school touches and released their debut EP Remnants in 2013. The EP opens with Winter’s End and establishes Insentient’s sound. Expect no less than consistent pummeling brutality, blackened death metal vocals by Medina, blistering double-bass and blast beats from drummer James Coppolino, and heavy guitars by Medina and Orellano. A number of metal styles appear throughout the album like death metal, thrash, black metal, like on Decrepit Mind, which has more of a blackened thrash feel. When I saw them live, I thought the drums were really good. Seethe is full of blast beats and intense double bass drums, while the guitars play at a slow to medium pace. The guitars are also quite solid and varied throughout the EP. There is a nice solo amid all of the chaos on Death Toll Rising. Insentient have crafted a well-produced blackened death metal album and definitely take their music seriously. Remnants is a decent death metal release that is not revolutionary, but a very solid release that shows a lot of potential for Insentient. Fans of old-school black and death metals may find this of interest.

Genre: Blackened Death Metal, Death Metal
Country: USA
Label: Self-Released
Release: March 22, 2013

1. Winters End
2. Decrepit Minds
3. Seethe
4. As I Wither
5. Death Toll Rising
6. Remnants

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