Calm Insanity's self titled debut album kicks off with an interesting 'Intro' thats almost a heavy reggae dub sound and is definitely something a little different. The intro slips into 'The Hate Inside', which is made up of nice loose open riffage that is very heavy and aggressive and more than hints at Kill II This. But this is much heavier and has more aggression and continues into 'Through A Childs Eyes' and 'Why?' with vocals that must shred a persons throat.
At the heart of this band there are heavy chugging riffs and precision drumming with aggressive shouty vocals. Occasionally they tinker with scratching and an almost electronic drumming sound, mixing what is essentially traditional metal infused into a modern nu-skool. Its amazing just how many influences can be heard in these songs, with the chugging guitar sound, kick bass drum and many of the song structures reminiscent of Kill II This and theres also an element of Metallica and Machine Head. But other songs sound almost like cover versions, maybe following influences too closely. 'Slipping Away' has the harsh guitar and vocals of Sepultura but with a Slayer solo, 'The Grief That I Know' is prime time Pulkas and 'The Silence' really could be Landmine Spring.
That would be the main criticism along with too many of the songs falling into the same loose chugging, industrial rhythms and shouty vocals pattern. However, having said that the heavy almost drum and bass rhythms do work quite well. There is plenty of good metal displayed on this album and it's easy to imagine that much of this would be awesome mosh-pit material in a live situation. You can see those kids kicking off now and watch out here comes another circle pit!!!
Rigsby (29th November, 2002)