Inhale Exhale and It Dies Today…Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2007 @ 8:59am » permalink
"The Lost, the Sick, the Sacred", the Solid State debut from Inhale Exhale, is indeed yet another metalcore record that blends harsh screaming and soaring singing over a musical backdrop that runs a gamut of influences – from the dominant presence of chunky rhythms and lead lines that never shed their penchant for melody to a subtly post-hardcore sense of dissonance, occasional forays into a slightly sludgier attack, and even some thrashy picking patterns with more of an openly metallic edge. It's nothing particularly inventive, but good songs are good songs, and I can still appreciate this kind of thing under the right circumstances. And hey, there aren't really any melodic Swedish riffs happening, so that's at least one check in the "on the right track" column for these cats. But I actually find a number of the songs to possess a really strong sense of energy, and even though the singing passages might be a little too "glossy" for some, I dig the vocal harmonies and all that, and since I don't find the screaming to be irritating either the vocal performance works out fairly well. True, they could push for a little more variety from track to track, but the songs tend to be around three to four minutes apiece, with a total running time of less than 40 minutes, so it's a decently paced listen when all is said and done. Of course, as is generally the case when Solid State is involved, the recording is super pro, with a balanced mix and slickly polished tones that lend a modern sense of oomph – and an arguably "mainstream" tinge – to the delivery, which is fine by me because, as I said: Good songs are good songs, so a solid recording ain't hurtin' anyone in my book. The layout's pretty awesome, too – another staple of the Solid State catalog. Not bad. I like it.
Make the grab if you're not afraid to admit that you can get into this kind of thing: