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Different than their first ep. - 85%

oneyoudontknow, April 11th, 2009

Infernal's first ep had four songs and a total length of around sixteen minutes, their second comes with five tracks and with thirty seconds less. An interesting fact, because on the self-titled ep the band already played fast and aggressive black metal without much filler parts. How did the band evolve then?

Two out of five compositions were written by the band and they offer a different approach in terms of song-writing, compared to their early piece. The large amount of breaks has been reduced, solos have been added, longer riff passages, and the whole release is closer to the early Dark Funeral stuff. Yet, the music is no pure monotonous blasting; Infernal Holocaust offers a really cool melody and riffs for instance. The absence of Matte Modin has not have a graven effect on the outcome of this release. It is not necessary to spend much time on describing the skill of the involved musicians, their background or better said the bands they have been involved in should give a good impression on what to expect.

Bleed For The Devil (Morbid Angel cover)
Infernal have no problem in dealing with the tempo of Bleed for the Devil and do a pretty good job here. Yet, the solos are a little bit too much in the background, due to the dominance of the rhythm-guitars, hence do they no sound so cool like in Morbid Angel's original.

Devil Pig (Von cover)
Well, not very surprisingly is the better sound of the cover version, but Infernal is able to get a good deal of the original atmosphere in their music as well. This one here is pretty close to Von's performance, but comes in a more polished way. Some might be annoyed by the “wall of guitars”, though.

Of Doom (Bathory cover)
Again has the modern production a positive effect on the song and those who favour a clearly and more powerful sound will undoubtedly like this piece. Infernal stayed pretty close to what Bathory did, but are not entirely able to catch everything of the Under a Sign of the Black Mark version. It is interesting, nonetheless.

In short: Infernal attempted to stay very close to the original and the only compromise would be the production.

Final bits and bytes
Those familiar with Infernal's first ep might be surprised by their second one. It is different, especially due to the change of the drummer -- Alzazmon replaced Matte Modin --, but it is again loaded with the same amount of aggressiveness than their self-titled release. From second one the band unleashes a brutal blasting but without compromise and without being plain or boring. This ep is a good example on how fast and aggressive black metal has to sound. Really recommended.