INSiGHT speaks truth to power on the intense trip of “Trust”. By far the true show-stopper of the entire album comes from their thoughtful, poignant lyrics. They draw from a wide slew of different genres into the mix, from intense hard rock to grunge to even elements of elegant metal. Vocals rest prominently in the center of it all from which all else flows. A sheer force of nature is unleashed in a way that has a mystical, almost spiritual clarity to it all. Drums hit with a tectonic heft for the rhythms have a tremendous elegance to them.
Over the course of the album, they draw from a rich musical history. Elements of Hüsker Dü’s hardcore aesthetic enter into the equation, for when they go hard, they go very hard. Volume is a must and, in this aspect, they bring out some of Guns N’Roses best late 80s/early 90s output, for they embrace that feral animalistic spirit within the searing guitar riffs. For more recent groups their razor-sharp focus at times touches upon some of Death Grips’ pure chaos and gleeful abandon.
With “TrusT” they set the tone for what follows, and on “12:34” they truly get into the thick of things, as the whole piece rushes by in a bright brilliant blur. The sheer wave of sound that defines “They Can’t Breathe” explores the sense of brutality that America’s systems of oppression have cultivated over many centuries. “RISE” shows off their masterful ability to build up the track, letting the steady churn of the groove slowly melt away to result in some exceptional soaring guitars for the grandiose finale. A tragic quality adorns the whole of “Homeless” as the lyrics in particular have a sharpness to them.
“Alarm” features a heavy metal cadence, one that draws close comparisons to Metallica at the peak of their powers, for they layer the sound until it virtually collapses under its own weight. On the aptly named “Life Ain’t Fair” they thrash about in a crazed frenzy, with the distortion serving the whole of the journey particularly well. Akin to a sermon comes the crystal clarity of the album highlight “The Struggle of the Everyman”. Such rich emotional resonance races through as there is a compassion at the center of it all. “EXTINCT” serves as the final burst of energy, as the outro of “AmericanA” has a gentle disposition, with its percussion giving it a playful quality.
“Trust” proves to be one of those albums that lingers in the mind along after the music has ended, proving INSiGHT to be masters at tapping into the zeitgeist.