The first thing which strikes you about this album by Swedish newcomers Imminence is the artwork. This could be doom, this could be a sludge band, this could be retro rock. But, no, it's a bunch of young fellows who start their album off with a classical quartet playing a moody piece in a church and then launch into a furious blend of melodic death metal and something which near-sludge stylistically. Within the 24-minute frame of this CD, Imminence show that they do indeed have the guts to mix things up and give fire on all
cylinders. A lot of energy, a lot of anger, a lot of noise, mixed with two pieces by the classical quartet in the church.
I like all of the above, but at the same time I miss direction when I listen to 'Return to Helios'. I'm not entirely convinced that Imminence know where they're heading and even if the energy surge is appealing, it's not enough. Not bad, but not quite there.