Origin: England  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Page online: February 13, 2008
Last update/review: November 6, 2011

Intense

This UK band has been around awhile, releasing demos as far back as 1991. They self-released an EP in 1997 but musical differences forced a major internal split soon afterward, and it would be seven years before a full-length album (Second Sight) would be released, followed by the recent As Our Army Grows in 2007. Apparently the band lists Nevermore and Iced Earth as influences, and sure enough, As Our Army Grows practically sounds like a cross between the two, featuring majestic powerful metal laced with the occasional thrash influence. It's all expertly done, with a polished production courtesy of Threshold's Karl Groom, though in the end it all sounds a bit too familiar. At this point in their career Intense seem content to proudly wave the banner of true metal without really exploring any new directions. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as not every band need be blindingly original to be good, though in the end Army belongs in the good-but-not-essential category.

Current Members

Sean Hetherington

vocals

Nick Palmer

guitars

Dave Peak

guitars

Stephen Brine

bass

Neil Ablard

drums

Former Members/Guests

Adrian Carloss

guitars

Eddie Marsh

bass

Adrian Lambert

bass (Biomechanical, ex-DragonForce)

Andy Wright

drums



Discography


Dark Season  EP
1997 self-released
  1. Against The Grain
  2. Deny
  3. Greed
  4. Dark Season
  5. Crystal Mind
  6. This Is Your Fate
  • Sean Hetherington
  • Adrian Carloss
  • Dave Peak
  • Eddie Marsh
  • Andy Wright
1997 Readers' Album #75




Second Sight  
2004 Underground Symphony
  1. Premonition (Intro)
  2. One Twenty
  3. The Winged
  4. War Of Angels (Dark Season II)
  5. Seeds Of Betrayal
  6. Skull Of Sidon
  7. Inside Torment
  8. Collision Of Destinies
  9. Autumnheart
  10. Path Of The Dark
  11. Final Breath
  12. The Way The Rivers Flow (Bonus Track)
  • Sean Hetherington
  • Nick Palmer
  • Dave Peak
  • Adrian Lambert
  • Neil Ablard



As Our Army Grows  
2007 Napalm
  1. Anger of the Ancients
  2. Mirror Shroud
  3. Our Last Hope
  4. You Die Today
  5. Insanity's Call
  6. Temptress
  7. Fear is Not Enough
  8. Trojan Transmission
  9. Strange New World
  10. Long Live the New Flesh
  • Sean Hetherington
  • Nick Palmer
  • Dave Peak
  • Stephen Brine
  • Neil Ablard



The Shape Of Rage  
2011
  1. Anubis
  2. The Elemental
  3. One Man's Word
  4. For the Fallen
  5. Save Me from Myself
  6. Lie
  7. Haunted
  8. Skull of Sidon II (The Final Stand)
  9. The Shape of Rage
  • Sean Hetherington
  • Nick Palmer
  • Dave Peak
  • Stephen Brine
  • Neil Ablard




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