INHIBITONS "With the Fullmoon above my Head"

Inhibitions are a Greek two-man band/project churning out some serious black metal attacks. Having been signed to More Hate Productions With the Fullmoon above my Head is their third full length. While not necessarily something completely new this is some solid stuff which should please most fans of traditional black metal. Taking influences mainly from the second wave of Scandinavian black metal the guitar riffs found in this one are not too complex or fast paced, but they still manage to keep a memorable tone and add to the stellar melodies accompanied by the steady percussions and the snarling vocals. There is some solo guitar action in certain songs, but it is never too overwhelming. However, I will say that the rhythm and the lead guitar complement each other adequately. Sharp basic chords and classic tremolo runs are melted with eerie and hypnotic harmonies to create an outstanding atmosphere. The music creates a bleak mood and offers a certain kind of dark beauty. What surprised me the most while listening to With the Fullmoon above my Head is the professional level of the songwriting. Each of the songs has a certain structure and Inhibitions were successful in making the single tracks memorable without sounding fluffy or simplistic. There are quite a few rhythm and tempo changes and more complex elements but overall the songs follow a clear and stringent structure. With the average song length being over five minutes the guys took care that each track has a nice little build-up. The soloing parts are well implemented and never overstay their welcome. Relentless riff attacks are interchanging with atmospheric pieces giving the whole thing kind of a hypnotic feeling. Epic guitar melodies are always present in the background lending each song a special character. The record is rounded off by a nice and organic production job. The guitars sound crunchy and the drums have enough punch and a natural feel. While there is always something going on in the background and atmosphere is king there is a certain level of rawness giving the album enough grittiness to be of interest for any fan of heavy yet harmonic music. If you are looking for a safe bet without any risky experiments then this should be for you.

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