Friday, February 27, 2015

Album Review: "Call To War" by Infernal Death

Call To War
When's the last time you thought about the small, European Nation of Denmark?

I suppose though by American standards, all of the European nations, save Russia, are small. d

It's a state that doesn't really stick out to me as having a strong identity. Sure, Hamlet was set there, but I can't think of anything exquisitely Danish, aside from the pastry.

One thing that makes Denmark great, to me anyway, is the amount of great metal it exports. Lars Ulrich, King Diamond (and Mercyful Fate), Volbeat, and I'm sure there dozens more that are just escaping me right now.

I suppose in the end, it's not all that different than say Tampa Bay or Seattle. Today's Danish band is Infernal Death. In their 26th year of existence, they have smashed out some very bruising death metal.

Infernal Death
Like most death metal acts, the drums play a large part of the sound. The blast beats are shooting.

The guitars are fast enough to hit every single one of the invaders and shrapnel sharp to make sure they stay down.

I think those who aren't too familiar with Death Metal may find the next bit a little strange.

Vocally, this band crushes it. It's very easy for a great band, even death metal, to be taken down by a sub-par singer, but this is not the case.

The vocals never come off as hokey. They're always rhythmic, and as is the custom in today's world, there is more than a single delivery. The twin gun vocal delivery serves Infernal Death very well.

The riffs are nimble, inventive, and there's even some great solos, if a bit too rare for my personal shred tastes.

Death metal should be heavier than a tank and just as scary. With Call To War, Infernal Death has achieved both objectives.

Release: 3/30/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Punishment 18 Records
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