A grunge-rock trio from the shores of Denmark, InCrest began in 2003 when Malte Slywest, Jonas Tange and former bassist Jonas Berthelsen got together to channel their 90’s grunge passion into modern anthems. Fuelled by the likes of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, the band quickly evolved in shape and sound, taking on influences from more progressive artists and parting ways with Berthelsen. In his stead, Anders Hagedorn-Olsen took on the role, making InCrest into the fully-fledged grunge outfit that it is today.
The band’s debut album, 2014’s ‘Rubicon Atlas’ set the standard, arriving as a record packing with powerful songs that championed a grunge-revival. Now, the band are back and looking to carry on the revival with their sophomore effort, ‘The Ladder, The Climb, The Fall’.
Led by new single ‘Nightcrawler’, the album is a deft collection of eleven original cuts that takes lead from the Seattle grunge scene. It’s an album of nostalgic rock that’s been given a modern shine by the band and their producers Matt Wallace and Jacob Hansen.
Unrelenting in its sound, the new album shows InCrest at their most confident. It’s an album that grabs you and throws you into the midst of the early grunge scene, delivering powerful riffs, heavy distortion, thunderous drums, and baselines that carry it all. It’s instantly familiar, even to those who have never heard the band before, and that’s both a strength and weakness. On one hand, ‘The Ladder, The Climb, The Fall’ is almost instantly relatable and enjoyable, but on the other, it lacks the diverse twist that would give it longevity. It’s a powerful, and immutable album for sure, but like most of modern grunge it lacks progression, with one foot still clearly in the 90’s roots that birthed the genre.
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