INFAUST – VERBLICHEN

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Eisenwald Tonschmiede
Distributor/label: https://www.eisenton.de/
Released: 10 November 2017
Buy Album: Eisenwald Tonschmiede Webshop
Band website: http://www.infaust.org/

Lineup:

Psycho – Vocals
Mortifer – Guitars
Iskaremus – Bass
L.Sturm – Guitars
Sadistic M. – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Tobsucht
2. Die Aversion
3. Leblos
4. Katharsis
5. Aussterben
6. Angsttraum
7. …Geistesgaben

Review:

Infaust is a black metal band hailing from Thuringia, Germany and ‘Verblichen’ (faded) is their third full album release; ‘Des Schmerzes Macht’ and ‘Blutbad & Melancholie’ being the previous two. Although the album was released in November 2017, it was recorded and finalised between 2011 and 2014. The album ‘Verblichen’ ends the band’s 9-year releasing hiatus and contains seven black metal tracks. The biography provided came across as rather pretentious, but of course that didn’t prevent me from giving it my precious time and attention.

From the beginning until the end, my speakers blasted out proper black metal, with well composed songs. No annoying synthesizers, no fake female vocals, nor any ‘post-black metal’ elements are present in any of the tracks. This is simply good old black metal which rarely disappoints. However, the reason I score the album 4/5 is that none of the songs stand out. The vocals are very good, but every now and then they sound a bit ridiculous and remind me of some of the weaker DSBM bands around. Despite the aforementioned criticism however, this is a good release, but it doesn’t add anything new for seasoned black metal fans. However, this is one of the things I really like about this album: It’s non-compromising, straight forward old-school black metal.

‘Verblichen’ contains seven tracks with a total duration of almost 47 minutes, and there are no lame intros. The German label Eisenwald Tonschmiede, known for releasing the brilliant Canadian black metal band Csejthe, released this album in Digi Pack format, which is available from their web shop. Although not as misanthropic and death adoring as claimed in the biography, the album is a good album. Not much more I can add about this release, but it is certainly worth having in your collection.

Review by Philosopher King
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