British metalcore meets djent newcomers InRetrospect offer up an intoxicating, thought-provoking sound that they hope will not only satisfy metalheads but also appeal to listeners of all musical genres.
The northern quintet was formed in late 2019 by guitarists James Bayliffe and Jerome, who eventually completed their lineup with Nathan, Tobias and Geromme. They’ve since set about honing a diverse sound filled with relentless soundscapes that addresses their perspective on the modern world and themes of mental deterioration, emotional hardship and pain.
As James explains: “The sound we’re going for isn’t something that we aim to just appeal to one category of music listener. We aim to create something that everyone can enjoy, whether you’re into extreme metal or you’re brand new to the genre. We want the topics and scenarios we speak about in our songs to reach everyone’s ears. That’s one of the most important things to us as a band.”
Our latest taste of this is new single Limerence, which was released 10 days ago and aims to “shock people into the conversation that is already ongoing surrounding domestic abuse for both male and female survivors.” It opens up with a searing synth sound over vicious djent guitars and pounding drum, which is joined by brutal screamed vocals. Spoken vocals develop into screams with the lines “It’s a sickness in my head, And obsession that I dread,” which leads into a heavy verse.
That flows into a more melodic chorus with atmospheric guitars and synths supporting the delicious clean vocals “I’m falling again, Taking the same path that never ends, I’m reaching out for another chance, Where did I go wrong, Is this the end.” Another heavy verse ends on atmospheric instrumentals, with drawn-out guitars that build into another engaging chorus. Powerful vocals take over then a big darting riff supported by searing synths are joined by savage screamed vocals that bring this huge track to a close.
On the track, James told us: “Limerence we believe is the next evolution in our songwriting that we wanted to open our listeners’ eyes and feel connected to the subjects and situations we talk about through-out the song. It’s hard hitting, it’s heavy and it’s a footprint of our signature sound which is what we do best. Excited would be an understatement.” Check it out in the video below:
That track preceded previous single InViolence, which opens up with a cool booming riff that continues under huge screamed vocals. Clean vocals “I’ll find a way” immediately give way to a savage smash of heavy vocals, which feeds into a brief melodic chorus before another big jumpy riff takes over.
An even heavier verse ends on high-pitched synth sounds and unrelenting drums, which give way to a longer atmospheric chorus. The pace suddenly drops into light guitars and laid-back vocals, then a cool guitar solo that feeds into a chorus. Check it out in the video below:
InRetrospect’s first single of 2021 was the huge CHOKE, which followed last year’s superb debut single Sun Settings. It begins with chugging guitars that continue under huge vocals, which develop into clean vocals “Choices that seem to define you become the blind truth, Eyes wide from the lies that they feed you, Seem to deceive you, I’m wide awake, I’m wide awake, My mind is tearing me.”
More huge screamed vocals feed into a delicious melodic section of clean vocals and synths, which drops into a slow ambient sounds. Light vocals come in over the top and intensify into huge guttural screams over a darting little guitar riff before an awesome guitar solo. That feeds into a huge outro of powerful clean vocals “Hold tight, Goodbyes are impossible to forget, So until tomorrow, I’ll meet you where the sun sets,” which ends on huge screamed vocals and big djenty guitars. Check it out in the video below:
InRetrospect’s members bring a wide range of influence, with a shared admiration for the likes of Architects, Northlane, Crystal Lake and Loathe.
And on what inspires their music, James tells us: “Everyone in the world goes through different feelings, ups and downs, trauma and more everyday. We have our own stories with these sorts of things and the key theme for us with our music is that, it’s okay to talk about things, it’s okay to tell someone what’s happening and not to sit in silence.”
We’re loving what we’ve heard so far from InRetrospect, and particularly enjoy their ability to seamlessly fuse brutally heavy metalcore with clean, melodic sections and ambient soundscapes. The good news is there’s plenty more to come from this exciting new band, including lots more music. They also have shows across the UK lined up, including playing alongside another of our New Bands of the Week Tyrants in November then Spoiler in January 2022, plus a Nottingham festival in October.
And James adds: “The sole focus of InRetrospect is about reflection, whether it be self, situational or otherwise. We aim to take our music as far as it will possibly go in terms of reach and sound.”