Inside Mankind - Oikoumene [CD]

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It may be to early to say this, but probably one of the best Christian Metal releases for 2015 right here! Just released and the only one in the US carrying this brand new release from Italian Christian metallers INSIDE MANKIND!

Thrashy, old school, new school, opera vocals! ABSOLUTELY awesome release!

Track Listing:

1.Out Of The Loop 05:09
2.City (The Streets Of Our) 04:17
3.Forty 04:15
4.Magdalene 04:46
5.Keep Me By The Stars 05:40
6.Uneasy 03:42
7.Toccata 02:26
8.Fear 04:06
9.Phariseum 04:17
10.Human Divine 13:55

Here is the bands bio on the new album...

Oikoumene, "the house that we all inhabit", is the title for a disc starting from life. Fear, joy, rage, disappointment, love and everything belonging to our life is as strong as incomprehensible, as present as trivial; an overwhelming mystery for the man, who observes it, alone, unable to understand, and nevertheless does not surrender. Here is the need for God, in its most intimate and genuine form. It's in Him that we can catch sight of the meaning of our life, elusive but present.

Oikoumene is inconsistent, as much as our experiences are. We are familiar with sweetness and violence, greatness and wretchedness, life and death. Different songs combine as our stories do, in time and space. Various musical influences and artistic paths intertwine in the same way, sometimes unanimous, sometimes discordant.

Oikoumene is visceral, as the emotions expressed by some of us were.

Oikoumene is speculative, in the human quest for a meaning. Numerological references and neo-platonic quotes outline what is grasped by reason and reached by faith.

"Out of the loop" is desire for freedom, "City" sees it turned into pain, "Forty" is temptation, "Magdalene" is that sweetness which dies in "Keep me by the stars", failure of the human feeling. "Uneasy" is trust, "Toccata" does not speak with words, "Fear" is passion and terror, "Phariseum" is rage and hypocrisy.

"Human Divine" is the keystone of the disc, it supports and concludes it. It' s the clear discovery of the need for God, passing through the human loneliness. The other songs live in this suite, and are turned into a medley composed of 72 measures, the number of the names of God in the cabbalistic tradition, which -overcomes- nature, in order to show that only in what is sublime, in Him, we can find a meaning for the human experience.

The Artwork makes use of seven symbols included in the time lapse between the Early Christian and the Renaissance tradition. The main symbol, the solid which has its centre deformed, is a metaphor of the disc's concept. It is linked to a historical anecdote whose characters are Vasari and Michelangelo.

Release date 30 January 2015

1 Out of the Loop 5:09
2 City 4:18
3 Forty 4:16
4 Magdalene 4:46
5 Keep Me by the Stars 5:41
6 Uneasy 3:42
7 Toccata 2:26
8 Fear 4:06
9 Phariseum 4:17
10 Human Divine 13:56