Indiana Prog Delight
One of the golden pages of the Progressive Metal underground has been written through the music of INTENSE CONFESSION from Evansville, Indiana, USA.
The “Into the Forbidden” debut LP tape was released independently by the band back in 1990, on 500 cassettes. A great release consisting mainly of instrumental songs that showcased the band’s compositional and performing skills through a unique type of virtuoso, expressive and emotional Prog Metal. A release that opened the road for the masterpiece that followed.
And this masterpiece is no other than the band’s holy grail “Whispers of Fear”, their second full length album that was independently released one year later (1991) on 500 tapes and 500 CDs. Those who are aware of the album can simply confirm that we are talking about a musical miracle. Those who are not aware of it, had better get ready for the ultimate discovery experience of a Progressive Metal classic.
Needless to point out that both the albums are rare as hell on their original pressings.
But now everyone gets the chance to discover the delightful music of this band through this reissue that includes both their full lengths. The band’s complete works are becoming available again through this reissue on Arkeyn Steel Records that highlights their musical legacy.
Both the band’s releases are coming on a double CD.
INTENSE CONFESSION’s music is a wonderful journey through pages of mystery and imagination: Excellent compositions in the vein of the melodic Progressive Metal. Performances full of passion and skill and a very unique type of songwriting that takes the material to the very next level.
A fine example of the golden era of Prog Metal as it was developed around USA from the mid to late 80s till the mid 90s.
I would make a musical connection with DREAM THEATER’s debut album and the music that is included mainly in the “Whispers of Fear” full length. And to make myself clear I am mainly focusing on the overall atmosphere and the vibe of INTENSE CONFENSSION’s music as I am making the above connection. Oh, the gold era of Progressive Metal from United States, when everything was about music and art!
And yes “Days of Yesterday” is one of the best Melodic Prog Metal EVER composed! Well yeap, I said it!
“Any more details about the reissue in particular”? I am hearing you asking. Yes I got lots of details to share:
Kostas Scandalis has remastered the audio from the original master tapes at Infinity Studios (Thessaloniki, Greece).
Kostas Arhanasoglou developed the entire artwork, upgrading the original fantasy cover art.
Lyrics, never before seen photos and an in depth biography written by Scott Burnes (bassist) are included.
INTENSE CONFESION were a phenomenal band, their music carries the aura of big, classic bands like HEIR APPARENT, CRIMSON GLORY etc. Do not miss the chance to discover or rediscover them!
Release date: 12th, January 2024 – Pre order here.