Gianluigi Giacon – Vocals
Andrea Tochetto – Guitar
Jason Nealy – Guitar
Michael Smith – Drums
Leonardo “Lispio” Langaro – Bass
- The Mark
- Drake Effect
- Missing Link
Inverted Matter are a killer technical death metal band from Italy who were previously known as Cyanide Christ and Inverted in past incarnations. ‘Detach’ is the band’s debut album, and it’s an exhilarating show of punishing force that will please fans of the genre and leave them grinning from ear to ear with devilish glee.
The album sounds like it’s been dragged through the dark catacombs of Hell itself, where impenetrable darkness and horrors unlike those you’ve ever seen or heard take charge over proceedings. From the opening roar of “The Mark”, which unleashes a cacophony of sound, to the final monstrous track “Missing Link”, the album does not pause for breath for a second, until it reaches the epilogue piece “Singularity”. This is a welcome respite for me, with its eerie tone complete with a subtle string section and slow, plucked guitar notes. For me, this would have been better situated half way through the record, but I can see what they were going for here.
Inverted Matter have a secret weapon in the form of Michael Smith. Metal aficionados will know Smith as the drummer of metal legends Suffocation, who provided the furious pounding heartbeats to classic albums such as ‘Effigy of the Forgotten’ and ‘Breeding the Spawn’. His fills twist and turn at breakneck speeds in a showcase of melody, pure power and skill. Although I am relatively new to the death metal genre myself, I would say he’s one of the most talented drummers in the metal world and he absolutely lifts the material on ‘Detach’ into new heights.
“Peak” is a pummelling, frantic track and one of the best the album has to offer. Playing like a death metal fan’s wet dream, ‘Detach’ takes no prisoners as it launches an all-out assault on the senses throughout. Gianluigi Giacon’s vocals are mixed well as they pierce through the wall of noise provided by the rest of the band, and everything just gels together nicely. For a band’s debut album, the production is near-flawless; something that will only improve in time.
There is so much to unpack on ‘Detach’ that it’s impossible to discover everything on its first listen. A few guitar solos flew under my radar along with some sound effects, and grinding riffs collide with raucous vocals and drum patterns. The riffs and solos on “Foreigner” and “Facility” scream of the Devil’s work, as they become pieces of pure vicious raw beauty. If this is just their debut record, I look forward to what they have in store for us next.
Fans of Immolation, Morbid Angel, Death and Suffocation will have a great time experiencing this album from the up-and-coming kings of the death metal scene, Inverted Matter.