White Butterfly


V2, 2005


REVIEW BY: Cory Galliher


Modern music has a wide variety of confusing labels that are applied to different genres. "Emo," for instance -- who's to say what's emo or not? Dashboard Confessional? The Cure? Yanni? Regardless of who tries, it's bound to result in an argument or two.

Another label that's difficult to define is "nu-metal," which came to the fore in the late '90s as a result of the post-grunge movement. Most people think of nu-metal as angry music with little substance, and using that definition I can't classify InMe as nu-metal. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Nor can InMe be post-grunge, which combines the anthemic sound of arena rock with the seriousness of the grunge movement (think bands like Live, Candlebox and Creed).  The band produces a combination of melodic drama and hard rock, and White Butterfly is a good example of what they do. Not a great one, but a good one.

The disc is a tribute to James Austin, a friend of bass player Joe Morgan's who passed away after an accident in 2002. Labels aside, said music is fairly impressive, especially for a band whose popularity hasn't heavily extended outside Europe yet. The first single, "7 Weeks," sounds vaguely like the bastard child of Korn and My Chemical Romance, combining a memorable underlying riff with angst-ridden lyrics.

Highlights of the album include the other singles: "Faster The Chase" is a mellow rock track that's vaguely reminiscient of Alien Ant Farm, while "Otherside" is a slower tune featuring frontman Dave McPherson's vocals over a searing guitar riff. The title track also gained some popularity, though I didn't find myself enjoying it all that much; it's extremely soft and calm when compared to the rest of the album, causing it to sound out of place.

The most noteworthy track is "Just a Glimpse," which managed a fair amount of American airplay after the album's release. The lyrics to this one are about as melodramatic (read: lame) as any I've heard, but they're easy to ignore thanks to the awesome guitar and bass action.

White Butterfly isn't the greatest album ever released; that honor is reserved for Yanni's 1994 epic Bananaphone. However, it's not bad at all, and definitely worth a try. While the lyrics are rarely rise above awful (sample: "Sweet, sour, flavor (still crying)/ Your taste makes me cringe and smile"), the technical ability of the band as a whole is impressive, and that's enough to make the album worth a reccomendation. Hopefully they'll get some better writers for their upcoming third album Daydream Anonymous.

Rating: B-

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