Being the consummate heavy music fan, I am always looking for new bands and new sounds to keep things fresh and exciting. We all know that heavy music has about 6,000 subgenres, and it can be hard to decipher through all of them. Well, I have found a band that encompasses everything that I love about metal and they just dropped their fifth EP on May 11, 2018.
Orlando based Meka Nism are independently releasing The War Inside to the masses, and it is a beautiful and crushing five song masterpiece.
The opening title track, “The War Inside” is easily my pick for best track on the entire album. Very lush keyboard segues into an all-out aural assault of double bass drums and frantic guitar riffing. Ms. Meka then proceeds to make her presence known! Meka is incredibly talented and sings with immeasurable passion. Her ability to switch from face melting growls to clean, melodic vocals is truly awe inspiring.
“These Years of Silent Screams” and “Trailblazer” are the heaviest tracks on The War Inside. Bobby Keller and Chris Lane work brilliantly together, bringing life to each song with their thundering drums and lightning fluid guitar riffs.
“Arrows of Alchemy” showcases the diversity of Meka Nism’s music. Somber keyboard passage builds into a dark and moody crescendo before the rest of the band comes crashing in. While it is great to have your face melted by Ms. Meka’s bellowing growls, It is that angelic and melodic voice that truly shines and becomes the centerpiece of this haunting ballad.
Opening with just Ms. Meka’s clean vocals set to Jay’s gorgeous piano, “Black Sky” brings The War Inside to an end. In my opinion, this was the perfect way to close out an incredible body of work.
In closing, I would just like to say that it is a gross misunderstanding that this band has not been picked up and signed. I could easily see them attached to Century Media or Roadrunner Records. The music world, hell, the metal world needs to be exposed to Meka Nism, and their incredibly talented and soulful lead singer, Ms. Meka. Rating: 8/10.
By Contributing Writer for I’m Music Magazine Jason “Supes” Mesa
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