A NEW metal band is looking to make a big impact in the Wigan with a sound bridging the US and European extreme music scenes and a politically-conscious debut demo.
Four-piece Insinder, who got together in March, showcase a brand of metal mixing the aggression and anthemic choruses of American thrash acts with melodies and progressive touches inspired by Scandinavian metal bands such as In Flames on their first single Dieu et Mon Droit.
The group, made up of vocalist and guitarist Calvin Bennett, guitarist Steven Scoular, bassist Andy Crook and drummer Nathan Kenny, recorded their first song, the unusual title of which is drawn from the British legal system’s motto, at The Lounge Studios in Wigan.
The new group also has a close link with fellow Wigan metallers Bloodwork Salvation, but the musicians hope Insinder will give them scope to explore progressive elements and varying tempos and moods as well as their thunderous metal riffs.
Drummer Kenny, 23, said: “Andy is still in Bloodwork and Steven and I were both in the band, but I’m going back to uni in September and he’s juggling a couple of jobs so we decided to put all our efforts into the one band.
“If we had the time we would still be in both bands because they are really good guys and we enjoyed it.
“I’ve known Calvin since we were very young, we started learning our instruments around the same time and we’ve always played music together, so I approached him and he was interested.
“Bloodwork are a bit heavier than us, we’re using the clean vocals and I’ve slowed some of the songs down a bit so I can include more complex drum parts.”
Although the group has only recorded one song so far the musicians are currently writing a full-length album which Kenny hopes to record as part of his studies in audio engineering and production.
The band draws influence from across the spectrum of hard rock and metal which the musicians hope will make Insinder stand out on the borough’s music scene.
Kenny said: “Calvin is a massive fan of Trivium and you can definitely hear the influence of their singer and guitarist Matt Heafy in his tone and his voice.
“My favourite band is In Flames but I’ve grown up with classic rock and metal bands such as Rush, with Neil Peart’s drumming being a particular inspiration, Black Sabbath and Van Halen.”
The lyrics mix personal reflections on life with hard-hitting observations about politics and religion.
The group is currently looking forward to making its live debut with a gig at the 21:12 Music Community, where Insinder also rehearses, on July 25.
To find out more, visit www.facebook.com/Insinder or search for the band on SoundCloud to hear Dieu et Mon Droit.