Looking at the artwork for Immension’s debut, it’s impossible to even have a wild stab in the dark at what might be in store. They do say “never judge a book by its cover” but I’m not sure that making minimal effort is the way to do that. I guess not many people buy CDs these days anyway so there’s no point. If you’re like me and like something pretty to look at, do persevere because what’s actually on the shiny disc is worth a go. Imagine if Metallica and Slayer had a child, it was in a good mood and from Yorkshire. It’d either be an abomination or sound something like Immension. According to their press sheet, they’ve been “ripping up stages from London to Leeds” so they’re not far behind Metallica or Slayer. Good work, guys, good work.
As far as debut EPs go, Immension’s eponymous effort does a fairly good job. There are still a few kinks to be ironed out in part but on the whole it’s a pretty solid piece of work. They seemingly effortlessly offer a combination of hard hitting, screaming vocals and smooth Metallica-ballad-esque vocal parts. There’s a definite sound there that gives a taste of what you can expect from live performances or future releases, which is exactly what a debut EP should do. Despite the overall sound, they are three stand-alone tracks and have been well selected to show the range of the band rather than just doing two identical thrash songs and a ballad.
The music is also musically very strong without, for want of a better phrase, taking the piss. There are guitar solos and they do show off what they do, but they’re not so frequent and ostentatious as to actually have the opposite effect and become irritating. It has just the right level of fluff to prove the point. I actually think it’s a very nice little EP. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not in the running for my release of the year but it’s good to hear a new band that know what they’re doing and have such potential if they play it right.
Review by Siân Williams
7th Jan 2013
1) Shadow of Yourself
2) Lost & Forgotten
3) In Vain
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"Imagine if Metallica and Slayer had a child, it was in a good mood and from Yorkshire. It’d either be an abomination or sound something like Immension."