The New Era - From Inside
By Declan Sherry
Fresh Liverpool quintet From Inside’s debut EP, The New Era, may be what the UK metal scene needs. Whilst being the bands only release thus far, they have created a record so professional and polished it rivals world touring bands with multiple releases to their name. From the electronic and sample-heavy intro “Still Breathing” to the atmospheric lullaby-esque close on final track “There Was A Time”.
EP artwork by lead singer and tattoo artist Simon Mora
From the get go, “Still breathing” is the band showing off how well they blend electronic elements with metal, moulding together heavy and clean vocals over the top. The verses and chorus mix brilliantly various different vocal styles from catchy poppy vocals, to clean yet raw vocals, to more traditional metalcore style vocals. With a catchy electronic hook over various parts of the song, a catchy as fuck chorus and even a breakdown: From Inside aren’t holding back on this first track.
"Be Yourself" fades in next; an emotional and driven track in the intro and the chorus, with stripped, held-back verses. The perfect harmony of heavy and clean vocals is mimicked throughout the instrumental elements of the track, and the vocal hook - “Bury me twenty feet deep, cover my eyes so I can see” - is a definite earworm. The stripped back verses follow quickly only from the heavier intro and choruses and highlight how perfectly the band have captured the emotional content of the lyrics in their music. At times I hate comparing fresh bands work to already existing bands, as I feel it can be insulting to the band’s work, however so far I can hear amongst other modern British metal acts, a rather Bring Me The Horizon style. However where they have moved into polished pop rock, From Inside seem to have taken Horizon’s electronic metalcore blend they had with the album There Is a Hell… (2010) and taken it so much further. Not many bands can take such an influence and make their own sound from it, especially so early in their careers.
"Be Yourself" video produced by Zak Pinchin Media
‘”Find my way” is another driven track musically speaking, an intro, that is reminiscent of rockier bands like Mallory Knox, breaks into a brilliant, lighter track than “Be Yourself’”. Half way through the record and the band are still showcasing the plethora of genres they have fused together to create their unique sound. Musically, this song is one of the highlights of the record for me, blending rock, metal and orchestral elements together with a repetitive piano hook over the song. Carrying on with the orchestral elements the band has adopted, the penultimate “Two Sides Of Me” starts with a tranquil string section before an unrelenting metallic verse quickly follows. The song again shows the band's two sides amazingly, creating a superb atmospheric banger. UK’s metal scene has been lacking originality in areas for a while and this band are definitely what the scene has been looking for and needs. Again I’m reminded of Horizon with the orchestral strings accompanying the heavier elements of the song. If I were to recommend just one song to someone to give them an idea of what ‘From Inside’ are capable of, this would be the song I’d give them, it blends so many elements, whether that’s the band's various vocal styles or musical elements that bend the boundaries between genres.
Final track “There Was a Time” begins with a soft xylophone/lullaby introduction before the band’s heavier elements break in over the top. A great example of a modern metalcore banger and, subsequently, one of the heavier tracks on the record. Yet the calm lullaby melody remains under the music constantly, with the band's softer elements occasionally breaking through. The song begins to close out as it began, before the band show they’re not done with an emotional and heavy finish to the song before the lullaby patterns emerge once more to close the record.
From Inside have show they’re a force to be reckoned with this year, with such a solid introduction of themselves through The New Era. Maybe they could be bringing about the new era of British metal, we’ll have to wait and see, but this record promises big things.