Welcome to what many are referring to as apocalyptic times. Although there are no zombies in sight, we are forced to self-isolate. Now is a good time to indulge in some newer metal bands and explore the vast universe of metal that is out there.
Imonolith is a newer band from Canada that formed in 2018, and their debut album is State of Being. I’ll get into the band members and their experiences but note that they do not consider themselves a supergroup. We have drummer Ryan “RVP” Van Poederooyen and guitarist Brian “Beav” Wadell, both who are part of the Devin Townsend Project. Vocalist Jon Howard hails from Threat Signal, and guitarist Kai Huppunen (Methods of Mayhem, Noise Therapy) and bassist Scott Whalen (Econoline Crush) compete the lineup. With experience like theirs, you know you are in for a good listen. State of Being also features guest performers Jens Kidman (Meshuggah) and Swedish vocalist Johannes Eckerström (Avatar). Doesn’t that sound like a bestial mix of talent? Let’s dig our heels in.
The sinister, spoken intro “State of Being” leads into a roar that is “Becoming the Enemy” with its harsh and gravelly vocals that reminds me of Wednesday 13. The rhythm thunders along with with gritty, dirty sounds on “Instinct” and “Dig.” “The Mourning” has an awesome, chugging guitar riff but unfortunately, I find his vocals lag a bit into a whine. I’m definitely partial to edginess and harshness. You will hear a bit of a prog element on “Forgone” which breaks up the pace a little.
State of Being has short pieces that focus on hard hitting melodies and varying vocal tones. There is nothing very new here, but it certainly isn’t a bad listen. Each musician brings elements they love to these songs.
State of Being is out March 27. Pre-order it here!