To me, Darkane is one of the few bands that excels at merging insanity and melody together. This is largely due to having Christofer Malmstrom on lead guitar and Peter Wildoer manning the drums. After hearing their debut "Rusted Angel", I've been absolutely hooked. With each release, they've moved sideways in a sense (which Christofer mentions of this release in their video diary). Never moving out of their core sound, but instead injecting something new and twisted.
They've done it again.
The album's intro slides you into a sort of daze and makes it that much easier to turn off your brain and welcome the chaos. "Leaving Existence" takes hold and doesn't let go until the 2 minute mark. You're welcomed with a solo that fits perfectly, then insane-driven screaming, then another solo with Peter hammering away about half-way through. The song finishes...but you can't tell because it slips into their title track. If you've made it this far, don't resist. The thoughts of lashing out at whatever around you can't be suppressed.
I won't go into this album song by song, because the above paragraph pretty much sums up what it's like. Each is perfectly balanced with madness and melody. Oh, and if you were put off by the fact that Darkane has a new singer (Jens Broman), don't be. Jens picks up right where Andreas Sydow left off.
If you've liked any other Darkane album, you'll love this. If you haven't listened to Darkane before, give this and their "Rusted Angel" album a chance. Standout tracks are "Execution 44", "Soul Survivor", and "Wrath Connection", which to me is their best album-closer to date. This album flat-out cuts into your soul.