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InTensity - 2010 Times [ep]




ARTIST: InTensity
ALBUM: Times [ep]
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: InTensity

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ilias Iovis - vocals, guitars * Kostas Papageorgiou - guitars, backing vocals * Dimos Thomaidis - drums, percussion

Additional musicians: Kostis Chasopoulos - bass * Manolis Magdalis - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turning Point * 02 Morpheus * 03 Distorted * 04 Through His Eyes

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WEBLINKS: www.InTensity-Band.com


Background
InTensity are a Greek progressive metal outfit from Thessaloniki Greece. They've been together since 2007, the core duo being Iovis and Papageorgiou, with other members coming and going between then and now. InTensity take their calling from technical progressive metal bands such as Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, a little bit of Pagans Mind too. They not quite at the same level as those outfits, but there is enough here to suggest that InTensity have a future, but unfortunately the prog metal genre is very overcrowded these days, and it's usually the best of the best that stand out.


The Songs
The 'Times' EP features four tracks only, as can be expected, these are long complex and shifting pieces, with audio interludes and commentary interspersing the music. The topics are the usual themes and topics to be found in technical prog metal: politics, war, the human condition etc. 'Times' deals with the lives of four different people and how they see/view the current situation in the world. The intro track 'Turning Point' sees the band churning some heavy riffs in the vein of those aforementioned bands, the song itself undulates between soft and hard passages, and an unusual array of sound effects. 'Morpheus' lays down some very thick riffs and chop-change tempo variations, it borders on doom metal in places with its dark but ambient theme, with some quieter parts on the verses adding to the depth. 'Distorted' is another with a dark vibe, but the approach is in line with contemporary prog metal, probably my pick on the EP. The final track 'Through His Eyes' returns to a cleaner metal sound, with variations in style (hard/soft, fast/slow, intensity (no pun intended!) and delicateness.


In Summary
Due to the shifting nature of the musicians within the band, InTensity haven't been able to find a dedicated vocalist. Iovis has handled the role by default. I think it would be great if they were to find a singer to do these songs justice, as the vocals on this EP sound a bit muddy in parts and without clarity. As a consequence, it doesn't present a strong focal point for the band. InTensity hope to follow this EP with a full length album very soon. In the meantime, hop over to their website for more, or take a listen to their music over at MySpace.


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