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Incura - 2014 Incura

ARTIST: Incura
ALBUM: Incura
LABEL: Inside Out
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Kyle Gruninger - vocals * Royce Whittaker - guitars * Jono Olson - bass * Jim McLaren - keyboards * Phil Gardner - drums

Guest: Phil X - lead guitar spots

TRACK LISTING: 01 Get The Gun * 02 I Breathe This * 03 I'm Here Waiting * 04 Who You Are * 05 Turning Blue * 06 Decide * 07 The Greatest Con * 08 Here To Blame * 09 I'd Give Anything * 10 Sweat Runs Cold



When the names Arnold David Lanni and Harry Hess combine on a Canadian melodic rock project, it's like the stars are aligning for a big event. Incura is that event! This is a big sounding album that crosses the divide of many sub-genre's of hard rock and metal. Not that this Vancouver based band are brand new shooting stars on the Canadian scene. Nope, they've been around since 2004, and originate from the southern Alberta prairies of Lethbridge, believe it or not. They've been described as theatric hard rockers, and since their recent signing to European prog label Inside Out Music, they're now called prog metal. Guilty by association I guess, but that last description isn't quite accurate. Sure, there are elements that see a fusion of Queen, Robby Valentine, My Chemical Romance among others, but it's the voice of Kyle Gruninger that is the X factor. Quite frankly, Incura could go in any number of directions based on what I'm hearing with this album.

The Songs
It's a regimented introduction to the eventual power that we get with 'Get The Gun'. The operatic vocal of Gruninger, combined with subtle piano and orchestration makes for some compelling listening. Incura lift their game on 'I Breathe This', very modern sounding metal, with some change-up moments that break the continuity of the song. The falsetto vocal is kinda stunning. Kyle leads the way on 'I'm Here Waiting', on this one you can hear some Robby Valentine flavoured moments, as the song undulates through heavy and light passages. 'Who You Are' takes Kyle's voice into theatrical mode, Queen and Robby Valentine fans could have a field day with this one. Incura heavy it up for 'Turning Blue', the staccato riffs and power rhythm section are intense and demanding. Power ballad can't quite describe 'Decide'. It is, but it isn't. Piano led for the first section, it powers home with the electrics on full tilt. Triumph and Bon Jovi lead guitarist Phil X provides the offbeat guitar solo on this one.

'The Greatest Con' should appeal to those into modern rock/metal as it was co-written by Brian Howes, the Canadian producer for the likes of Daughtry and Airbourne. 'I'd Give Anything' starts out restrained, a piano motif to lead the way, but soon gathers tempo and momentum which collides at chorus time. 'Sweat Runs Cold' rounds out the album. It's a bit ebb/flow and jumps around a bit, but that's to be expected with a band of this nature. 'Here To Blame' is Incura's heaviest track, with some bullet like guitar riffing amid an interesting operatic backdrop, with cookie monster vocals in some parts too. It kinda works, though is different.

In Summary
Inside Out's release is targeted for the European and UK markets. 'Incura' was also released in their native Canada by Coalition Music/Warners Canada in 2013 as a domestic release, the band hitting the road to promote it as part of their 'Theatre Of Anarchy' tour. One thing is for certain. Anyone trying to put Incura into a pigeon-holed box is gonna have a problem. Difficult to categorise, and to be honest, why would one bother? Just let this lot do their stuff and prepare to be amazed.

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#1 | gdazegod on April 24 2014 04:32:09
Incura - 2014 The Greatest Con

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#2 | gdazegod on April 24 2014 04:34:07
Incura - 2014 Who You Are

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#3 | Explorer on April 24 2014 07:29:23
Great review George, this and the Aniday albums are without doubt (for me anyway) the 2 standout releases so far this year.Incura have produced a stunning album,fresh, vibrant and although taking elements from other band's/artists still sounds original, which is pretty hard to achieve.Interestingly,both albums have name checked Robby Valentine in the reviews (I know I was one of them!) so maybe it's time for Valentine to get some long overdue recognition.
#4 | rkbluez on April 25 2014 01:10:43
Great new band...I'm loving it.
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