In Process – Surgery Review

300x300After a long while of keeping a low profile, groove metallers In Process are back with their EP Surgery, which is a fast-paced release and chock-full of energy.

There’s something a little off with the opening track I Am; it feels like it begins mid-way through the track due to it beginning with harsh vocals. It’s a little like they’ve been interrupted and it gives the impression of the track being unfinished, which isn’t the best start they could have had. It probably would have worked better with some sort of introduction because it ultimately results in the track coming across as somewhat disjointed, especially with there being a softer and more instrumental track appropriately titled Flatline near the end of the EP. It’s a beautiful piece of work and it’s very atmospheric, but it grinds the previous fast pace of the EP to a halt.

That’s not to say the EP is terrible, however, because it really isn’t and is littered with awesome material within its short duration and the standout track has to be …—…. It has absolutely everything and the beat at the beginning is so strong that you’ll instantly be banging your head along to it! Once the vocals begin, they add another dimension to everything and as the track progresses you really feel like this is one that’s been made for a live environment due to there being plenty of opportunities for crowd participation and additionally there are sections you can picture the whole room coming alive to. And if that’s not enough, the song is also littered with face-meltingly-awesome guitar solos, which can never be a bad thing!

Pacing and song-placement issues aside, Surgery is a pretty formidable release and In Process have got the potential to go far, so it will certainly be interesting to see what they’ll do with their debut album.

6/10

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About Natalie Humphries 1955 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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