Inner Sanctum: Provenance
In the two thrashing years that it has been around, Bangalore-based death/thrash metal band Inner Sanctum has become a force to reckon with in the live music scene. Naturally, when the word got around that Inner Sanctum was set to release an EP, expectations for its studio debut were quite high.
So, when ‘Provenance’ finally released to anxiously waiting metalheads, I am pleased to say that it did not disappoint in the least. With tracks that obliterate the listeners with a melange of total mercilessness and absolute absence of relent, Inner Sanctum’s debut strikes all the right notes from the word ‘go’. Steering away from all the stereotypes that other bands tend to adhere to in their debut ventures, Sanctum coolly places itself above the rest by maintaining a magnificent aura of originality in ‘Provenance’, something that so many other acts have tried and failed to achieve.
‘Provenance’ starts off with “Agent of Chaos”, a track where the Gojira influence on the band is clearly evident, especially when the band cleverly breaks down the tempo to give listeners a chance to headbang. The sonic assault carries on to the next track “Quarantine”, where Chintan’s use of harmonics alongside Abhinav’s adept double-pedal bass drumming gets you headbanging like a maniac. Right when you think their fury is relenting, Sanctum rallies on skilfully to their next and the best track of the EP, “Human Disregard” (which also happens to be a live favourite), where the piledriving, in-your-face riffs of Chintan and Rajeev pack a lethal punch, while Gaurav relentlessly growls on with the rest. “Eye of False”, the final track, distinctly reminds one of Opeth, and ends the EP on a high note.
‘Provenance’ is an independent release with world class production quality, and with the EP, Inner Sanctum has lived up to the lofty expectations of their fans, though the EP was woefully short (13-odd minutes). Inner Sanctum clearly proves to all that it is no backbencher when it comes to producing quality metal music in the domestic scene. With an impressive EP that credits the band with a certain maturity, Inner Sanctum could well be on its way to carry the flag of the Indian metal scene to countries around the world. After ‘Provenance’, I can’t wait to see what they will deliver next.