5 years have passed since Keep Of Kalessin’s previous album “Reptilian” hit the shelves. In the meantime, screamer Thebon left the band, the band (now as a trio) released an EP entitled “Introspection” expressing what the band was, probably, going through at that time.
The writing style dwells within a mix of furious Black Metal rhythms, Thrashy fast paced guitar riffing, vocals and lyrics resembling something that you could easily find in those epic fantasy-themed Power Metal bands. This mixture would not be a problem if it wasn’t repeated so much in songs like “Dark Divinity” or “Epistemology” which are unnecessarily too long. While some songs can be distinguished by their different approach in style and structure, such as “Necropolis” and “Universal Core”, the best moments of this album, by far. Other moments could be easily removed from the equation, “The Grande Design” is the one to point due to it’s repetitiveness, uninspired and washed out riffs makes the song almost sound like a speed exercise instead of an actual song.