Igni Natura Renovata Integra
Review by Darren Gawle
I.N.R.I. are a heavy metal trio from Victoria, which is normally
a recipe for disaster when discs come my way, but due to a healthy
relationship that I.N.R.I. have going on between melody and sonic
assault, their music rises above the pit of mere hyperactive riff-bashing.
Igni Natura Renova Integra ("the whole of nature is
renewed by fire") features a surprising ability with guitar
in Chains-style harmonizing and suitably
dark production. The recording quality is a bit lacking, though,
as the mix seems a bit thin, which makes one wonder why they sent
the disc all the way to Germany to be mastered.
All well, the packaging is surprisingly good for a heavy band,
with the insert featuring some lush, colourful artwork by a number
of artists who may or may not also be from Victoria. Ultimately,
though I.N.R.I. aren't necessarily my cup of tea, they display
a welcome amount of (comparative) sensitivity. "Size"
features some guy mumbling about what I assume to be how being
stood up can make you feel shitty -- and that's good enough for
Artist Contact Info: 935 Caledonia Ave., Victoria, B.C., Canada, V8T 1E7
First published in Drop-D Magazine on May 29, 1998
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