Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, the most isolated city in the world, five-piece heavy metal band INNASANATORIUM were spawned over a mutual love of diverse heavy metal music. Founded in mid-2018, by Kelvin Edward Whitwell (Aka: JustinSanity) and featuring past and present members from Medusa’s Gaze, Suffer In Rot, Sheol of Abbadon and Rapid Fire. This new band have come out of the blocks with all guns blazing and are now ready to take their unique brand of progressive thrash metal to the masses. Innasanatorium draws on many influences to create an inspiring brand of riff-based and message-driven progressive thrash metal, that draws heavily on both old school and new school sensibilities.
After some initial line-up changes, the current line-up was solidified in early 2020 when bassist Tim Cornish (Aka Metal C), joined the band. Innasanatorium also features Ryan ‘Rozzan8or’ Pearce (Guitars), Eric ‘Rapid Man’ Elp (Guitars) and Adam ‘Bomb McDonald (Vocals) …The five members of Innasanatorium share close chemistry and vision surrounding the overall direction of the musical and visual concepts.
After releasing the video for a very well-received 3rd single, “Night Terrors,” in early 2020, Innasanatorium spent the year that closed down the world honing their craft and sharpening their chops on the West Australian live circuit. Playing no less than 10 shows on stages all over WA, Building a dedicated fan base along the way. So much so that there has been a monthly all-ages show in Perth Named in their honor, the “MOSH IN A SANATORIUM” all ages event.
Much of their lyrical content is inspired by real-life events and although chief lyricist Adam Bomb draws heavily on global issues such as corruption, politics and religion, this band are passionate about all forms of mental health (i.e. decline, recovery) hence the name (a play on words describing one’s Inner sanatorium). A large part of their musical scope deals with mental health decline and is tailor-made to get the listener thinking and hopefully talking about these very real issues. This is thinking man’s metal that is thought-provoking and message-driven.
The music that this band creates is equal parts passionate and technical while being emotive and powerful. It’s designed to make you feel uncomfortably comfortable, with the pain and joy in both the light and the dark. There is certainly a lot to like about this band, with tasty riffs aplenty courtesy of riff machine dual guitar combo Ryan and Rapid laying down a solid foundation for Adams soaring vocals and powerful lyrics.
Innasanatorium are ready to take their music and vision as far as they can, all around Australia and abroad. Armed and ready with their astonishing debut album “Odyssey Of The Mind” ready to drop, keep a close eye on this excellent new West Australian band because I have a feeling that we are going to be hearing a lot more from them in the near future and beyond. If you are looking for riff-tastic and message-driven progressive thrash metal with a perfect blend of old school and new school influences, look no further than INNASANATORIUM!!!
Adam McDonald – Vocals
Ryan Pearce – Guitars / Backing Vocals
Eric Alp – Guitars
Tom Cornish – Bass
Kelvin Whitwell – Backing Vocals / Creative Visionary
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