Ingraved - Onryou

Taking influences from the likes of Lamb of God, Unearth and Alexisonfire, this Italian five-piece have written a sophomore record that if you ignore some of the most cringe-worthy sing-along moments and some generic riffs here and there, is actually pretty competent and well worth of a few listens.
“Onryou”, which according to the press-release is a mythological spirit from Japanese folklore who is able to return to the physical world in order to seek vengeance, sees for the most part Ingraved meshing the crushing, potent riffing of Lamb of God and the sputtering beats of Unearth with a vocal dichotomy balanced between roaring and singing that recalls Alexisonfire modus operandi.
The title theme in particular makes fine use of their dynamic shifts, churning out powerful and furious riffs backed up by a thunderous percussion against some memorable guitar harmonies and a clean, sing-along chorus. Opening song “Bad Karma” is also an instant grabber with guitarists Gian Spalluto and Martin Sarcinella trading off fierce and dirty riffs that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Lamb of God record.
Although Ingraved seem adept at what they do, they're not offering anything new and only every now and then their songs seem to trigger some enthusiastic reactions. Nevertheless if the band lets loose of some of the most worn-out riffs and some of the blandest vocal lines displayed here, I believe their future works will sound a lot more captivating. (6.2/10)

David Alexandre

For fans of: Lamb of God, Unearth, God Forbid