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Album Review: InMe – ‘Trilogy: Dawn’

Three albums in less than two years is a lot for any band to release. Now consider that three quarters of InMe also have full time jobs. On top of this a slightly different three quarters of InMe are also in Centiment. Finally their lead singer, Dave McPherson, also has a flourishing career as a solo musician. With all of this considered it would be easy to, stupidly, have low expectations for this album. How could anyone possibly produce anything more than rushed filler with a couple of catchy choruses on such a tight timescale? I’m sure InMe would happily give one answer to this: dedication.

InMe set the standard for dedication to music. To suggest that this album is a rushed job would be absurd, these restrictions may have been avoided by the fact that the band are constantly writing. ‘Chrysalis: Lone Dance in an Empty Train Carriage’ was given to diehard fans in demo format three years ago and I have no doubts that other songs have spawned from ideas that have been written over this sort of timescale.

This dedication has paid off hugely for the InMe boys, Trilogy: Dawn might well be their best work yet. It’s an album that truly displays the excellence of the band, filled with dirty riffs and huge choruses in which Dave McPherson proves himself to be one of the greatest voices of our generation. This is an album that will punch you in the face with a huge metal riff (like the one on ‘Loss: Children of Exile’) and will then embrace you with a soaring melody (like that of Kindred: For All One Knows). It leaves you with seven words in your mouth: Please sir, can I have some more?

‘Chrysallis: Lone Dance in an Empty Train Carriage’ is a huge singalong ballad that I would expect to see crowds go crazy for on the upcoming album tour. ‘Rapture: Land of the Secret Rose’ provides a punk feel to a prog-rock riff with a chorus that it’s hard to not dance to. Plus it’s about the gorgeous South-West of England! Wait, I mean, well… Nottingham is pretty great too! There isn’t a single song on this album that doesn’t fit with the rest and wouldn’t work fantastically in a live atmosphere.

All in all, this album did not disappoint at all. It stands out both as a whole and with each individual track as some of InMe’s best work to date. Despite being a band that has seen a gradual stylistic progression over the years, this feels like InMe at its core and may well stand out as a definitive album for years to come.

Liam Fleming

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