Combining two very diverse sub-genres like industrial metal and post rock is not only tricky but also refreshing. For me, these are almost opposites. Industrial metal is the epitome of synthetic metal while post rock is one of the most organic sounding forms of rock out there. InAeona sound like if Russian Circles had listened Dalbello, 90s era Killing Joke and Jesu for inspiration.
InAeona are a trio but I consider the synths to be the forth member of the band. The synths not only give a framework for the band to worth within, they are almost like a wall that the band is trying like hell to bash through. Singer/guitarist Bridge has a powerful, emotional voice that ranges from a scream on tracks like the opener “Bright Black” to a hush like on parts of “Sun Moon.”
Many times Bridge’s voice is treated so that it sounds like it is part of the wall of synthetic sound. I like that her voice fits in with the music so seamlessly but at the same time on a track like “Ghosts,” her voice is in its natural state which makes it stand out even more. That also gives the album a more human feel than say a band like Fear Factory ever have! This is the main reason the band cannot be totally classified as industrial.
But, the real key to “Force Rise the Sun” is that drummer James (no last name given!) is allowed to sound completely unprocessed. All too often in the industrial metal field, the drums are triggered, sampled or processed to sound like a drum machine. His raw acoustic drums are what give the band their post rock cred AND give the album its unique sound.
Listen to “Skywatcher” which is the albums most epic track. This song has the wall of synths, Bridge belting out her best vocal and to top it off James bashing the hell out of the drums as if he is trying to defeat the synths. It’s a fitting end to a massive sounding album. “Force Rise the Sun” is a unique sounding album and InAeona fill a huge void in modern music, bridging genres and creating their own sound in the process!
1. Bright Black
3. Sun Moon
6. Empty Now
7. Never Forever
8. A Ways Away
Label: Prosthetic Records