Monday, January 23, 2012

INFERION - The Desolate CD review

INFERION - The Desolate CD

Self Released

Genre: Black Metal

Usually when you read about black metal bands their music as well as their whole appearance comes across as threatening and maybe even war like. Yet the lion's share of the members in those bands live in safe countries with comfortable surroundings. They might write songs about conflict and strife yet in the present tense they've rarely experienced it first hand or served in combat. INFERION’s main man Nick Reyes (aka: Thor) does have some actual experience in these matters. Florida's INFERION have been around since the mid-90s. For their first few years of existence they only released a handful of demos. Then in 2003 the band released it's debut full length Firewar. This was followed up in 2005 with a split release with HEAVEN ABLAZE. Later that same year work started on this their second full length but things had to be put on hold for a time. Along with playing in a black metal act, Reyes was also in the military and his unit was deployed over to Iraq. It wasn't until his return that work continued on this release with the bass work done by Frank Gross formerly of KULT OV AZAZEL.

The first thing you will discover while listening to The Desolate is how non USBM it sounds. The music comes across like something from the Scandinavian second wave of black metal. Reyes, who's responsible for the guitars, vocals and drum work, composes a full length encased with coldness and brutality but also plenty of hypnotic melodies. It's the equivalent of being beaten down from a winter storm and finally succumbing to the death sleep as your body grows numb. Sometimes it all kinda reminds a bit like MARDUK. This is clearly evident on the first batch of songs like opener "Among the Twilight" and "Forgotten Ethereal Visions". Most of the cuts on here like "Moment of Anger" and the absolutely amazing "It Began with Blood" start out as aggressive attacks then fade to atmospheric realms. The one standout which doesn't follow that pattern is the instrumental "Numerous Lacerations" which is midway through the release. The Desolate is a good album that would've been a great one. There's just too much repetition in song structure. Once you get passed the instrumental the second half of this is pretty much the same as the first. Overall it's still a decent USBM release.




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