Infuriate – Infuriate

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Everlasting Spew Records
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://everlastingspewrecords.bandcamp.com/album/infuriate
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/InfuriateDeathMetal

BAND LINE-UP:

Jason Garza – Guitar/Vocals,
Steven Watkins – Guitar,
Alan Berryman – Bass,
Sterling Junkin – Drums.

TRACKLISTING:

1. Juggernaut Of Pestilence
2. Skaughter For Salvation
3. Collective Suffering
4. Engastration
5. Only Pain Remains
6. Matando
7. More Terrae
8. Surrogate
9. Cannibalistic Gluttony

REVIEW

Brutality and death metal go hand-in-hand. Like two star-crossed lovers, they skip through the meadows gayly with carefree abandon (whilst avoiding the waste of human life scattered about the show). Such a cathartic genre requires a comely bedfellow, and such a vicious nature seems apt. Do INFURIATE bring it as good as the rest of them?

If brutal death metal can be relied on for its completely unforgiving nature, then INFURIATE are absolutely no different to the rest of them. Right from the opening strains of “Juggernaut Of Pestilence”, the stall is set out early for blistering speed, thunderous drums and riff upon monstrous riff. With that last thought in mind, it should be noted that the band, clearly, were first to the feeding trough when riffs were given out, as “Infuriate” is chocked full of them. Like a fat bastard stuffing his face full of cake before, during and after The Great British Bake Off, woe betide anyone trying to pinch any!

But unlike our chunky Type 2 diabetes candidate, the absolute abundance of riffs available doesn’t seem to have a negative effect. Each song on “Infuriate” remains lean and incisive, with enough heft to pack an almighty punch, and delivers the goods with aplomb. The worry for the likes of “Only Pain Remains” and “Mori Terrae” is that they’d be incomprehensible riff-fests, but the band, somehow, avoids this. It’s a testament to INFURIATE’s as musicians (most of whom are veterans from a number of other bands), that this beast is under control.

Where “Infuriate” does fall down, however, is that age-old complaint of originality. It’s an album very much inspired by the 90s death metal scene, but the modern edge of speed isn’t quite enough to make things stand out. At times, you’ll warp from one song to the next with nary a breath between them – where’s the hook of variety? Granted, you don’t expect a cavalcade of sounds, as much as that may please the hungry chubby wobbler from earlier. There should always be a thread of consistency throughout an album to maintain an identity, but when everything can be interchanged with one another with nary a difference, then there’s issues.

Nevertheless, “Infuriate” will stir up the rage within many a death metal fan and get those horns raised high. It’s a hard and heavy slab of brutality that can roll with the best of them, whilst maintaining a pleasant air of underground chic. But for a little something new or innovative, or even refreshing, INFURIATE would be onto something wicked. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it certainly puts a damper on the fury. Perhaps less infuriate, and more irk.

REVIEW BY LEE CARTER
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