Discovering an exciting new band is always quite a thrill. When it comes down to the enticing hard rock vibes that Inertia supply, it can be difficult to not become totally hooked on the melodic guitars, intense drums and godly vocals. The four piece, originating back in 2014 in Southern California are somewhat difficult to come by, with various other artists – including a rock / pop cover band from New Zealand – taking the same named identity, but once you find them, you just keep wanting more. Their full-length debut The Process will be released on June 2nd, featuring an extensive cascade of relentless energy and diversity. The production of the entire album is impressive, with crisp riffs and melodies that shine through each track in their own way. From the get go, the sounds are intense and full to the brim with enormous hooks and instrumental pulls.
Guilty Crown kicks off the record wonderfully, with a brief prologue of piano and intricate guitar that smoothly kicks into a full band launch. The emotion-filled track packs a real punch, hinting towards their metal-screaming roots during the breakdowns – particularly towards the end showing hints towards the likes of Bury Tomorrow and old-school Bring Me The Horizon. The synths and piano keeps the the track grounded, filling every nook and cranny with fierce prowess.
The intensity doesn’t falter either, with following track Le Femme keeping up a rapid pace filled with upbeat drums and chunky guitar riffs featuring fills in the chorus that bring out goosebumps. Ending with a hazy vocal and guitar fade, it flows nicely into gentle paced The Run. This track takes a step back and brings out a spotlight on the individual talents of the band. The vocals from Dillon Forst are incredibly deliberate and comfortable for the track, especially when it comes to the chorus.
The band sweeps through tracks of breathtaking persistence, such as Asphodels which features stunning, relentless drums: double bass that is primed for a live experience. In The Face Of Defeat centres around catchy vocal hooks and chorus lyrics that pay incredibly close resemblance to the solo project from Mark Tremonti. Further down the line, Creatures Of Creatures shifts the progression with an instrumental breakdown track, focusing on pounding bass and electrifying riffs.
This band can go far; it is clear after this fantastic debut that they propel themselves through vast combinations of hard rock, metal and prog that works flawlessly for the group. Currently self-promoting, the band is clearly ready to take on the world, and the world should take note.
For fans of: Tremonti, Thrice, Finch
Words by Jess Boswell
‘The Process’ by Inertia is released on 2nd June.