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Satanath Records has been on a roll when it comes to finding noteworthy black metal from around the world.  One of their latest signings is Greek black metal duo Inhibitions, a group that has been around since 2008 and has released two full length albums to date.  Despite flying under the radar until now, it’s clear on the group’s upcoming release ‘La Danse Macabre’ that they’re worth paying attention to thanks to a mixture of foreboding symphonic elements and the icy, jagged edges of traditional black metal.  With the album due out January 13th as a co-release between Satanath and Ira Aeterna, today we’re premiering the song Rusty Razor.


Black metal that falls into the symphonic category can be haunting and mysterious when done right, but so often the keyboards overpower the rest of the instrumentals and come off feeling overly cheesy.  Inhibitions strike that perfect balance between melodic and abrasive riffing, with Rusty Razor being a great representation of this.  The song starts off as a slow burn, letting the bass drive things forward while an acoustic guitar melody plays over top of it and creates a somber mood.  But it doesn’t take long before the distortion kicks in, and from there the band moves back and forth between these softer passages and violent transitions.  The atmosphere that Inhibitions is able to create by doing this is reminiscent of early Satyricon albums, and that’s sure to interest quite a few of you.  Other tracks on ‘La Danse Macabre’ bring in prominent keyboard arrangements to flesh out the symphonic side of the band’s sound, but on Rusty Razor the emphasis is on prominent bass lines and the guitar work which proves to be just as appealing.  The group’s vocals keep things firmly rooted in abrasive and violent screams, and with the recording putting them front and center they tower over the instrumentals and add extra bite to the material.


‘La Danse Macabre’ provides symphonic leaning black metal that doesn’t overpower its dark and evil sounding riffs with overly cheesy melodies.  While Rusty Razor showcases a more guitar and bass centric sound, some of the other songs that have already been released utilize more prominent keyboards and make it clear that Inhibitions is capable of shaking things up throughout the album.  Check out the full release on January 13th courtesy of Satanath Records and Ira Aeterna.





Kicking off with a quick glimpse of some forthcoming Hellenic black metal, Inhibitions have been drawing down the night since 2008 and ‘La Danse Macabre’ marks their third full-length ritual manifestation. One track is available for free download/streaming on Bandcamp now: ‘The Calling’ starts off with some severely skin-crawling shit before launching into a lurching, gothic-piano-twinkling black metal blast. There’s something arcane and hidden about this particular track, an unspeakable evil lurking just out of view that makes you doubt your sanity and fills you with fear. So heed the call and join the dance; full album out January 13th next year and if the rest of it matches up to this, it could be a good one.





The symphonic Greek black metal band Inhibitions was founded in 2008 and since then have released an initial demo, an EP, and two albums. Their third full-length, La Danse Macabre, is now set for release on January 13th by Satanath Records (Russia) and Ira Aeterna (Italy), and today we bring you the third single to be released from the album before its full manifestation next month. The name of the track is “My Journey To Death“.


I had heard the phrase “Danse Macabre” numerous times in the past, but it occurred to me in writing this premiere that I had forgotten whatever I once knew about its origins. Thanks to The Font of All Human Knowledge, I am now reminded that “The Danse Macabre (from the French language), also called the Dance of Death , is an artistic genre of allegory of the Late Middle Ages on the universality of death: no matter one’s station in life, the Dance Macabre unites all”. And so it does.


The same article goes on to explain: “The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or a personification of death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and laborer. They were produced as mementos mori, to remind people of the fragility of their lives and how vain were the glories of earthly life. Its origins are postulated from illustrated sermon texts; the earliest recorded visual scheme was a now-lost mural at Holy Innocents’ Cemetery in Paris dating from 1424 to 1425″.


In this context, the song we’re premiering today — “My Journey To Death” — seems to capture many of these ideas. Rather than grim and gloomy, it is indeed something like a wild and sinister dance, a last hysterical and hopeless fling led by The Great Equalizer before entering the cold embrace of the grave.


The song’s symphonic introduction builds a mix of tension, eeriness, and grandeur as a prelude to a conflagration of driving drums, flickering, frenzied riffing, and vehement growls and howls. A retrenchment of the drum assault makes way for rippling keyboard notes and a dark melody, but the energy explodes again in fusillades of blast-beats and swarming guitar, accented by sorcerous keys. The music whirls and gallops, reaching further heights of crazed grandiosity, with that bestial voice leaving no doubt that Death is an unforgiving and remorseless dance-master.




Of all my time in the current ocean that is the modern underground scene of black metal, I rarely come across any symphonic acts. I’m not sure if it’s the lack of bands performing the style or I’m simply going in the wrong direction, but I’ve always wanted to hear more. Luckily, I stumbled across the Greek act of Inhibitions whose take on the genre is reminiscent of old-school Dimmu Borgir but they still carve their own path without relying on a legend’s past work.


It’s very easy for any sort of symphonic band to lose themselves in the symphonies that they’re trying to boast as you can become so focused on them that you forget to integrate any quality black metal in the end. A trap that’s all too often, sadly, but Inhibitions shows with “La Danse Macabre” that they’re just too damned talented to fall slip up on such an act. Possibly the most entertaining black symphonic band that I’ve heard since Dimmu Borgir’s last record, Inhibitions shows with these ten tracks that not only do they know precisely how to appeal to the listener with their intricate craft of welding the occult and fanciful orchestrations together, but they know how to make it more intoxicating that a magnificent ale! From the tantalizing intro track that tells you all you need to know about what’s in store for “La Danse Macabre” to the incredibly tasty cover of Satyricon’s “K.I.N.G.”, Inhibitions knows how to satisfy the listening by providing plenty of what one could want from an album like this! “La Danse Macabre” boasts terrific musicianship from start to finish to really shows that even though these Greeks don’t have all that much material to call their own, what they do have is nothing to scoff at and this record is magnificent proof.


Like I said, symphonic black metal has always been a rarity for me in my time as a metal head, but it’s groups like Inhibitions that always keep me on the look out for more. “La Danse Macabre” is something that will always have me come crawling back, and I’d have no doubt if this group earns a cult following for their awesome taste and impeccable execution that will surely infect the masses!





Τρίτο album για τους Αθηναίους blacksters Inhibitions, ένα χρόνο μετά το πολύ καλό “Flames Of Desolation” και για να δούμε το αποτέλεσμα αυτής της δημιουργικότητας από το ντουέτο των Pain (φωνητικά / κιθάρες) και Dimon's Night (όλα τα υπόλοιπα όργανα).


Το σχήμα στο νέο “La Danse Macabre”, χωρίς να έχει αλλάξει τις βασικές οδούς του, παραμένοντας σταθερό στο πατρογονικό black metal των early to mid '90s, εμφανίζεται πιο μελωδικό, πιο άμεσο και με μια προσπάθεια πολυφωνικότητας, με την προσθήκη πλήκτρων και πιάνο. Και ακούγοντας συνολικά το album έβγαλα το συμπέρασμα ότι αυτό το συγκεκριμένο “ρίσκο” δεν απέδωσε τα αναμενόμενα. Και εξηγούμαι.


Συνθετικά οι Inhibitions τα πάνε πολύ καλά με κομμάτια που αναμιγνύουν επιρροές από συμβατούς αλλά διαφορετικούς χώρους και στοιχεία που εφάπτουν τις black metal αρχές των Satyricon, των Limbonic Art και των Darkthrone με την death metal αισθητική των Dissection στα όσα θαυμαστά διέπραξαν στα“Somberlain” και “Storm of the Light's Bane”, με αισθητή παρουσία στις γέφυρες σε όλα τα κομμάτια.


Highlight του υλικού είναι τα πολύ καλά riffs και solos και η drumming performance, δυο συνιστώσες που μαζί με την ταιριαστή στο γενικότερο κλίμα growl ερμηνεία του Pain έχουν ως αποτέλεσμα μια σειρά καλών τραγουδιών όπως τα εξαιρετικά Darkthrone-ίζοντα “Back to the Dust” και “No Escape”, το “My Journey to Death” που φέρει σημάδια από Edge Of Sanity, τα πλήρως ενεταγμένα στην τεχνοτροπία των Dissection “Eternal Winter” και “Rusty Razor” (με κάποιες δόσεις Old Man's Child), το “Harsh Awakening” που αποπνέει παλιούς Dark Tranquillity και την διασκευή στο “K.I.N.G.” των Satyricon.


Ο ήχος για τα πλαίσια που κινούνται οι Inhibitions είναι αρκετά καλός, βρίσκεται σε μια μέση κατάσταση ανάμεσα στη βρωμιά και τη γυαλάδα, όλα ακούγονται καθαρά και λεπτομερή. Αυτό που αμβλύνει τη γενικότερη εικόνα του “La Danse Macabre” είναι τα keyboards και τα πιάνο θέματα. Τα θεωρώ αχρείαστα, αφαιρούν τη σκληρότητα και το υλικό θα μπορούσε να σταθεί άνετα χωρίς αυτά ή έστω, με ελαττωμένη τη χρήση τους.


Το “La Danse Macabre” είναι ένα αξιοπρεπές album από τους Inhibitions, η συνθετική τους εξέλιξη είναι ολοφάνερη και οι μόνες αδυναμίες και ενστάσεις μου, αφορούν τεχνικούς παράγοντες. Προσωπικά το θεωρώ ένα καλό βήμα, το black metal τους εξελίσσεται και πιστεύω ότι θα γίνουν πιο σαφείς ηχητικά στο μέλλον. Αν σας αρέσει το μαυρομέταλλό σας με λίγη μελωδική ιδιαιτερότητα ως “μπαχαρικό”, αξίζουν την “πιρουνιά” σας.





Zo’n 10 jaar geleden begon de multi-instrumentalist Dimons Night uit Athene zijn opvattingen rond black metal in een eigen project te gieten. Inhibitions was geboren. Gitarist Pain vervoegde het project om langspelers te kunnen uitbrengen. Voor hun ondertussen tweede album werkte de band samen met het Russische label Satanath Records met als resultaat dat in januari een nieuw zwartgeblakerd werkstuk werd losgelaten op de wereld: “La Danse Macabre”.


“La Danse Macabre” haalt zijn inspiratie nadrukkelijk uit de traditionele black metal uit de jaren ‘90. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan bands zoals Marduk, Dimmu Borgir en Satyricon. Al van bij de start neemt een grauwe kilte beslag van de kamer waarin ik sta. Wisselende gitzwarte gitaarriffs worden in sneltempo vanuit de diepte afgevuurd en creëren het beklemmende sfeertje van een griezelplek bij nacht. Het gevoel van de originele ‘true black metal’ op de Noorse leest is nooit veraf. Maar er is een ander element dat uiteindelijk met de meeste aandacht gaat lopen. Een opvallende kenmerk van de eerste paar nummers is het zichzelf herhalende keyboardmelodietje dat enerzijds symfonische horror in de composities brengt en anderzijds de voedingsbodem vormt van waaruit de andere elementen een weg naar de oppervlakte moeten zoeken. Helaas lijken de riffs nogal vaak in die voedingsbodem te blijven steken.


Drie nummers lang vormen de keyboards de nevelsliert die de zwarte vocals en riffs dan weer omringt en dan weer loslaat. Het psychedelische opzet van de gitaarsolo op Back To Dust vormt een eerste verrassende wending. En dit zou niet de enige zijn. Tussen de rauwe symfonische black metal door brengt My Journey To Death een uitgesproken episch gevoel naar boven. Nadien worden de keyboards vooral ingezet als symfonische ondersteuning voor de beukende gitaarpartijen die eindelijk de weg naar het voorplan hebben gevonden.


Naar het einde van de plaat toe steekt de invloed van de eerste paar albums van Satyricon nadrukkelijk de kop op. Bij Rusty Razor denk ik met nostalgie terug aan bijvoorbeeld een “Now, Diabolical” of zelfs "Dark Medieval Times", om daarna met de cover K.I.N.G uit eerstgenoemd album het eindstation van deze plaat te bereiken.


Conclusie: Inhibitions heeft duidelijk lak aan mooi gepolijste black metal. Deze Griekse artiest blijft koppig vasthouden aan het rauwe geluid van de jaren ‘90, maar dan met een griezelige symfonische input. Vanuit de diepte trekt dit verrassende project je mee naar de donkerste krochten en zwartste plekken op, of zelfs onder, het aardoppervlak.





La Danse Macabre album released on Satanath Records. Ten songs of punishing intensity.

Creating an atmosphere of dark roads and distant voids, the music delivers compositions with elaborate keyboard pieces. Songs like "My Journey to Death" and "Eternal Winter" are a perfect example of the mix with brutal riffs and melodic arrangements. The song "Back To The Dust", is one of my favorites from this release. A well thought out expression of sorrow and deep sadness. They end this album with the song K.I.N.G. which happens to be a Satyricon cover and they do a great performance of it.


In conclusion, a journey of obscure dark voids and sad melodic expressions. I would definitely recommend this to any listener of the old school as well as younger generation of metalheads.




"La Danse Macabre" of symphonic black metal band Inhibitions is very much like other acts taking on that choice of genre. These similarity of acts being too which are Dark Funeral, Belphegor, and even Dimmu Borgir. Literally that is whom you hear when listening to just the first track alone, that being "The Calling". This track leading to many others off this album such as "Toxic Run", "Back To The Dust", "No Escape", and "Religion Of Peace", to name a few. The rest of the tracks being more or less the same formula. You get this fast paced energy flow, that keeps the instruments and vocals in tune with one another, while each their own does do their thing, drawing you in with the melodies and harmonics of the music. Like how the vocal chords can sound eerie at times, it makes the music much more rounded. In other words of expression, it becomes a symphonic black metal genre, that is a lot like many others, but is still varying and different. It being more unique, creative, and well crafted, that it is more mellow but also intense too. It's really how "La Danse Macabre", paces itself outward for an act such as Inhibitions. They alone being an act of well balanced work, that is still eerie and freaky at the same time.





Inhibitions  are  a  duo  from  Greece  that  plays  a  symphonic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2018  album  "La  Danse  Macabre"  which  was  released  as  a  joint  effort  between  Satanath  Records  and  Ira  Aeterna.


  A  horror  movie  orientated  sound  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  more  of  a  heavier  and  melodic  direction  while  also  introducing  symphonic  elements  onto  the  recording  along  with  the  vocals  being  mostly grim  black  metal  screams  as  well  as  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.


  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them,  death  metal  growls  can  also  be  heard  at  times.


  Acoustic  guitars  are  also  added  on  some  of  the  tracks  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking  along  with  the  songs  also  bringing  in  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and fast  parts  as  well  as  being  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  90's,  melodic  vocals  can  also  be  heard  on  one  of  the  later  tracks  and  a  later  song  also  brings  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  they  close  the  album  with  a  cover  of  Satyricon's  "K.I.N.G".


  Inhibitions  plays  a  style  of  symphonic  black  metal  that  is  very  heavily  rooted  in  the  mid  90's  era  of  the  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes.


  In  my  opinion  Inhibitions  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.





The Greek symphonic black metal force known as Inhibitions returns with their full length titled La Danse Macabre. This album has reminiscence of real 90’s symphonic black metal. It meshes together the sounds perfected by bands like Dark Funeral and Marduk with symphonic elements that bands like Dimmu Borgir and Mirzadeh perfected. The guitar work is nothing hugely inspirational or epic but fits perfectly in the band’s style. The drum work is very precise and heavy but also not too overdone like a lot of black metal releases can be. The vocals vary between black metal shrill screams along with spoken word at the right times.


Tracks like Toxic Rain and Harsh Awakening bring that traditional black metal element which stand out strong in the album that does feature ten tracks including a cover of Satyricon’s K.I.N.G. as well. This release is really strong from this band and is really good but my only wish is that the guitars were not so drowned at times and sounding like just a dull background sound. Altogether though, this is a solid black metal release that I personally would buy. If you are a fan of 90’s sounding black metal with non-overbearing keyboard work that flows with the track, then this is a great release to check out!





It’s cold out. Why not blast some icy black metal? Why not blast some icy black metal from Inhibitions? Inhibitions is a two-person project based in Athens. Their newest release is La Danse Macabre, and it consists of ten tracks that are determined to bury listeners in the sharpest of shards imaginable.



A handful of tunes on La Danse Macabre deserve to be mentioned. After the first two tracks, “Back to the Dust” jumps out as a well-formed song. Its sturdy rhythm and hypnotizing melodies make it especially enjoyable. “No Escape” has a little bounce to it, and “Eternal Winter” takes you through different levels of emotion. The last track is a fine cover of Satyricon’s “K.I.N.G.,” which was offers just enough of Inhibitions’ personality.


One of the elements I’m fond of is the use of the piano here. It offers some hints of beauty in the sounds of chaos and upheaval. However, La Danse Macabre never avoids the dismal template black metal fanatics appreciate. The guitars remain sharp and crisp, constantly stabbing at the musical atmosphere. Vocals roar throughout the album without being overbearing and tell the songs’ stories with poise. La Danse Macabre is a record that will please any devout extreme metal listener.