Norwegian band Insense, infamous for their stage shows, visit nine British towns and cities on their European tour.
Insense, which consist of guitarist/vox Tommy Hjelm, drummer Håvard Iversen, guitarist Martin Rygge and bassist Magnus R Ruud, originally got together to develop an extreme metal band that encompassed all of the elements that made metal great in its early days.
The band quickly began writing and playing live in Norway. Bringing their technically brutal riffs and aggressive melodies to the masses won them scores of new fans and the attention of their peers and the press. It wasn't only the bands intense songs, but their infamous stage shows that left band members bruised night after night.
Not unlike other freshman bands, Insense hit the studio and recorded their self-titled debut. Though recorded in the spring of 2001, it wasn't until June of the following year that American label This Dark Reign; a subsidiary of Devil Doll Records would release the album. The minute the critics got hold of it, the comparisons began; ranging from the technical ability of Dillinger Escape Plan and Fear Factory to the blatant death metal of Pig Destroyer and even Nasum.
Now, three years later and with a new drummer, Truls Haugen, Insense are back with their sophomore recording, now on Black Balloon Records, which promises to be less technical and doubly brutal.
Insense, UK Tour
May 21: The Jailhouse, Coventry, UK
May 23: Cardinal Sins, Harrogate, UK
May 26: The Sawyers, Kettering, UK
May 27: The Moorings, Aberdeen, UK
May 28: Vox @ The Vale, Glasgow, UK
May 29: The Snooty Fox Live, Wakefield, UK
May 30: The Railroad, Ipswich, UK
Jun 1: Certificate 18, York, UK
Jun 2: The Attic, Rushden, UK