You love metal. Of course you do – why else would you be here. But do you love geometric riffs that crush on command? How about vitriolic vocals laced with the kind of venom to strip flesh from bone? And what about those solos, skillful and dynamic with enough bombast to shiver spines the world over. Now, how about a group of Danes playing a core influenced brand of djent that flails at Meshuggah on the verses and Fear Factory on the choruses? No? Me neither, but The Interbeing do. Their second record, Among The Amorphous, is full of it; so sit back, don’t bother to keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle, because you, my friends, are in for an indistinct ride of poultry proportions. When Lovecraft’s Nemesis reported to have “seen the dark universe yawning,” had he turned up ten tracks earlier, he would have known why.

Billed as progressive technical metal, I had hoped for something akin to the much missed Xerath, who seamlessly managed to amalgamate vague djent influences with genuine progression and innovative orchestration. What The Interbeing play is a comparatively dull facsimile of the two pioneering bands previously mentioned, and not a lot more. Polyrhythmic mid-paced riffing – ubiquitous metalcore vocals – industrial Burton C. Bell love letter choruses – repeat ad infinitum/nauseam. Whether or not this is a winning formula is for you to decide, after all, I’m no stranger to differences of taste, but from opener “Spiral Into Existence” through the record’s culmination, nary a drop of deviation descends. Among The Amorphous is apparently a concept album, detailing what seems to be an existential-come-self-discovery tale dressed up in sci-fi. Again, a little more musical variety to match the narrative, and it may have been more perceptible; as it is, had I not researched the record for sake of review, it would likely have (blissfully) passed me by entirely.

Vocalist, Dara Toibin, deserves some appreciation for doing his level best to elevate the material, as much as he’s able, above Boas Segel and Damien Anthony Hinchliffe’s narcoleptic riff-craft. Although his harsh vocals aren’t worthy of mention, he is deceptively versatile, alternating between angsty melodicism and baritone chanting, imparting the admittedly memorable choruses with well developed vocal lines. What ability giveth, however, ability may taketh away. “Deceptive Signal” is one of the album’s better cuts, with a fine chorus that showcases Toibin’s clean delivery – bizarre and horrifying, then is the aberration that intervals “Borderline Human;” a refrain of Korn/Adema proportions that sees Toibin adopting a grimly familiar nu nasal vocal, well and truly pricing me out. Had The Interbeing stopped practicing Meshuggah‘s signature, a cursive they aren’t all that able to forge, and focused more on the industrial elements they do engineer well, a la Dark Tranquillity‘s Character, perhaps this would have been a different story.

For those involved, it’s clear the record represents a labor of love. The ever-present synths and enviable production have been meticulously etched into the record’s disposition – and yet despite the effort involved, I struggle to bring to mind a single riff. The album’s second half packs the most heft, igniting “Purge the Deviant” with a rhythm increasingly similar to that of At The Gates‘ “Suicide Nation” before abandoning it all too soon. Similarly, “Sum of Singularity” lets a tasty melodeath riff off the chain for a few sparse seconds before, again, relegating it in favor of more homogeneous djent, leaving me to wait in the hope it might come back around. Suffering from riff-related blue balls is no way to live your life.

Among The Amorphous is a definitively modern record and one that prematurely aged me as I found myself longing for days of riffs gone by. There’s no doubt, however, that my opinion will be an unpopular one; there are those whose banal box this will well and truly tick, full of thick rhythms and contemporary sheen. But for a band so apparently able, after the immediacy of the choruses wore off, I found increasingly little traction in the rest of the material and, frankly, less and less inclination to seek any out. If this does somehow appeal, you could do worse than investigate the bands The Interbeing clearly revere – as for me, if anybody needs me, I’ll be sulking somewhere in 1986, drafting a cautionary letter to Tomas Haake – one that begins with something along the lines of: “With great power comes great responsibility…”


Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 256 kbps mp3
Label: Long Branch Records
Websites: theinterbeing.bandcamp.com | theinterbeing.com | facebook.com/theinterbeing
Releases Worldwide: June 23rd, 2017

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  • Dethjesta

    I’m a big fan of both Meshuggah and Fear Factory but this really doesn’t work for me.

    Vocals are very annoying.

    Pass.

  • Wes Allen

    Far too many bands trying to imitate Meshuggah these days. There can only be one.

    • Drew Music

      Hear, hear! Plus, these guys used to be more straight-up melodeath and they did it pretty well, why reinvent the reinvented wheel?

  • welyyt

    Oops, didn’t hate the embedded song despite the stupid video (aka didn’t h8, wasn’t gr8). Metalcore and Deathcore are plagued with boring bands and dull music, but whenever they add some progressive elements, it tickles my fancy; e.g. this year’s Fit for an Autopsy.

    • Ferrous Beuller

      I loved the Fit for an Autopsy album. Seriously took me by surprise.

      • welyyt

        Great stuff. The only thing that bothered me about it are the Gojira worship elements, but it’s not that big of a problem, cause the music is good, plus I think they incorporate them well.

        • Ferrous Beuller

          Also, it does Gojira better than Gojira’s last album.

          • welyyt

            I agree, however; the new Gojira is not a great Gojira album, but it’s good as a gateway drug for the rest of their discography.

          • Brent Johnson

            It took a few listens but the new Gojira grew on me. It sounds like they were listening to 90’s hard rock and incorporated that into the music.

  • John Mosley

    Interbeing… what number on the Kinsey scale?

  • Reese Burns

    Between The Amorphous? Can’t we just have another Amorphis album instead?

    • Drew Music

      Careful what you wish for, as they approach their millionth album they’re certainly getting due to give us a bad one and I don’t think my heart could take that.
      Seriously, though, can the good lads of Amorphis do any wrong? This far into their career and even their weaker work is many a head above their peers, I don’t know if they even know how to make shit music.

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        Weird….and here I wish I liked Amorphis but I can’t say anything they’ve done really grabs me.
        Funny how different folks hear different things……

        • Drew Music

          I feel that, but it’s also kind of the joy of it all, music being such a subjective experience leaves everyone to their own unique catalog of what’s wonderful versus what sucks. Even if you and I love a bunch of the same bands, I’m positive my list of top bands/albums/songs probably looks nothing at all like yours, and that’s awesome.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            I get that with Manic Street Preachers lol
            They could release an album of farts and I’d love it.
            I think with Amorphis is I love their sound but I never get hooked by their songs.
            Anyhow. ..didn’t mean to troll.

          • Drew Music

            If only this constituted trolling. Everything here was civil and agreeable yo, no trolls up in hurrr.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Word

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          I have some one word advice to give you: Elegy.

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Money back guarantee? ; )

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            HELL YES!! Money back guarantee!!

          • HeavyMetalHamster

            Ok
            Deal.
            I’m dutch though……so it will have to be superb for me to pass on the cash………

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            Trust me… IT IS superb.

  • Drew Music

    Noooooo, what the fuck are they doing?! Their last album was melodeath gold, I still end up having to play Rhesus Artificial by them anytime I listen to Figure Number Five-era Soilwork.
    It’s not 2013, it doesn’t have to djent anymore, guys.

  • Brent Johnson

    Meh, not bad but i’m not running out to snag it. For those who like this style, check out Invidious.

  • Christopher

    I got a solid minute into the embedded song. This is garbage. I dislike most “djent” to begin with, because it all sounds like a knockoff of a knockoff. But this? Took it to a whole different level.

    .5/5 imo

  • Nag Dammit

    Is that Albert Square hard geezer Danny Dyer in the middle of the band photo?

    • Ferrous Beuller

      Ha!

  • Nukenado

    I’d say “holy shit DR8 Metalcore” but I realized Trivium and A7X exists.
    Bore the Core. Not the worst, but probably won’t return to this. I’ll stick with A7X, Parkway Drive and Trivium when I’m in the mood for some -core.

  • Gage

    Please review Scars of the Flesh – Harvest of Souls

  • Kostas Pap

    its not that bad… they mixed many styles yes but i think its an enjoyable listen.i hear some gojira and messhuga(less progresive though which i consider it good)) on this album and the vocals reminds me early the haunted.the production its very good too

  • Dan

    I dunno about all the hate, I rather like this album standing on its own 2 feet. There’s not much new in the genre at all these days, but at least these guys tried to make a headbanging record, with some melody. I wonder if everyone that had a negative comment listened to the whole thing!

  • Vassago Gamori

    Do you want to make more metal?
    Sure, we all do.