Hailing from Croatia, Inside My Casket takes traditional death metal and puts their own spin on the genre. They submitted their E.P. entitled “Embrace the End”, which was released by the band earlier this year. It is a relatively short production with only four songs, but the length of the E.P. is a respectable sixteen minutes.
When listening to the very first few seconds of “Embrace the End”, it was clear that The Black Dahlia Murder is a heavy influence for Inside My Casket. The first track, “Embracing the End”, has a lot of fast riffs with aggressive drum accompaniment. The listener feels as if a blanket of darkness encompasses them while the E.P. is playing. It has hints of black metal, with a generous portion of deathcore as well. Some of the breakdowns in the E.P. are done in a heavy death metal style, while others are your typical textbook deathcore style. Inside My Casket even has some clean vocals in their final song, “Exorcism”. One attribute about Inside My Casket that I had trouble figuring out were the vocals. I don’t mean lyrics, (after all, death metal is just grr grr right?), I am referring to the inconsistency of the vocals. At some times there are low growls, some high shrieks, and even a layer of the two (which sound fantastic by the way). There are points in the E.P. where “hardcore” style of vocals are used, and it did not match the style of their music well. I did enjoy the occasional bass solos. The bassist definitely deserves the limelight, since there were some very astounding bass parts.
The overall production of the E.P. was done well. I would have preferred to have guitars turned down just a little bit in order to put a little more emphasis on the vocals. They felt like an afterthought at some points during the E.P. The first track, “Embracing the End” was my personal favorite off of the E.P. If you are a fan of The Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, and/or Job For A Cowboy then this is worth your time checking out. “Embrace the End” scored a 7.5/10. At the pace Inside My Casket is going, they are a true force to be reckoned with in the future.
“Embrace the End” was released in January 2012 through Inside My Casket.