Infernus – Grinding Christian Flesh (2015)

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Late model black metal features many of these entries: as much borrowed from the days of speed metal as black metal, keeping a constant “jazzercise” style constant tempo and intensity, and while there are some sweet riffs, they are marooned in a sea of throwaway budget riffs and patterns from 1987 Exodus clones. Infernus has great rasping vocals but essentially, doom their album with highly predictable note progressions in the riffs and a constant, incessant droning style of composition. Many heavy metal touches pervade this album, suggesting that like early Gehennah and Nifelheim, this is heavy metal dressing up as black metal and equalizing all of its riffs to the same speed to hide their hard rock, speed metal and heavy metal origins. While the fans of the band will defend it on the basis of irony or some nostalgia, the result is musical tedium because of a failure to come to point. This is like watching the 5,000 slides of the vacation your neighbor just took, except that now the slides are old riffs and old tropes.

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2 thoughts on “Infernus – Grinding Christian Flesh (2015)”

  1. Dualist says:

    “This is like watching the 5,000 slides of the vacation your neighbor just took, except that now the slides are old riffs and old tropes.”

    This goes for pretty much all modern metal, sadly. Metal peaked with Burzum – it cannot reach a higher level whilst still being metal, I feel.

    The above track actually sounds like a good start to a BM song. But instead of going anywhere it just repeats then ends. Dull.

    1. fenrir says:

      This isn’t true. The problem is that most metalheads are either short-sited or uneducated.
      And those who are trained are idiots who make carnival music.

      A few are actually propelling metal forward while keeping their roots solid. The band I place my hopes on is Cóndor.

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