Inanimate Existence are a Californian technical/progressive death metal outfit formed in 2010 from the Bay Area, California and returned with the fourth full-length album titled Underneath A Melting Sky released on August 25th, 2017 and is the first album through The Artisan Era. Prior to 2016’s Unique Leader Records effort of Calling From A Dream, Underneath A Melting Sky introduces a new lineup and the album is simply put, Inanimate’s crafted material to date. Consisting of 8 tracks and clocking in around 36:00 in length, this album combines Inanimate’s philosophical and metaphysical lyricism with the instrumentals containing such outstanding compositional leads and a atmosphere so perfectly balanced it dives the listener into a world filled with imaginations, artistic and stylistic formulas of organic musicality and atmospherically this album reflects the finest landscapes possible.
With tracks such as Formula of Spores, The Old Man in the Meadow, In Moonlight I Am Reborn and The Unseen Self, the members have done such a remarkable job balancing progressive, Technical and atmospheric passages into the strongest and well presented albums this band has done in the 7 years as a band together. There’s moments of naturalistic, theoretical and aggressive melodies from the high, low and drenched screams from the singing which not only engages the songs to be innovative but rather combine a style so adventurous, sometimes it’s rather difficult to explain the album’s true meaning. There’s elements being borrowed from Fallujah and Artificial Brain and heaviness from Rivers of Nihil with very consistent songwriting and ambition so fully memorizing, Underneath A Melting Sky is Inanimate Existence’s pummeling albums to date. There’s emotion, aggressiveness, maturity and atmosphere written all over the finest lines from this Californian extreme metal outfit and shows Technical/Progressive Death Metal not over rely on wankery but to capture a breathtaking experience is what the album represents. Overall, I’m very impressed to see Inanimate Existence return to form terms of stylistic Death Metal signatures and far accessible prior to past releases as I pretty much enjoyed their catalog beginning to back.
Overall Score: 8.0/10
Review by Jake Butler