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Thinking. An activity everyone does by default but something metal bands of today give little time to. A well thought-out idea results in a well-executed style of music. It is definitely a lot easier said than done and cracking it in your first attempt is a tough ask but Mumbai's Infinite Redemption seem to have figured it out. Their debut EP 'Face of Disaster' is the proof.
Overall, the band's style could be classified under 'groove' or 'post-thrash' but really, that is of little consequence as far as the quality of the music goes. Right from the outset, the band's sound has very evidently been unaffected by current dogmas and trends in metal. Their music has the right kinds of grooves made infectious by deft drum patterns and crafty bass playing. At the same time, it also has its relentlessly fast riff sections that have very simple underlying ideas, all as a result of thinking it out. The release opens with 'Abhorrence', where things are set in motion by a bass groove that is soon to be joined by the rest of the instruments. The song has elements of technical death metal but also the right sprinkling of a metalcore influence to keep the listener hooked. Track 2 bears the band's name and feature's Zygnema's vocalist Jimmy Bhore. There is a great trade off happening between him and the band's vocalist Rust Hammer and there are sections where both vocalists have layered their respective parts to create relevant 'pieces with a piece'.
After these 2 tracks, the real instrumental orgy-in-the-ear' begins. 'Noise Edge' fades in with guitar feedback, continues with a pretty regular 'broken down' riff and then silence, a bass flourish and then the sweetness of a heavy barrage of one-note syncopations harmonized by legato-ed lead tremolos. This entire switch happens in less than a second. But like every amazing flourish of art, one expects even more surprises. And surprises there are. The song then relaxes into the simplest possible 3-chord sequence, ever harmonized by the high register trails of a lead guitar and driven powerfully by a bass throb. Track 4 is the crowning glory of this EP though. 'Shadows of Disaster' is easily the most groovy and exciting track of the album. Everything about this track is something one has heard before but it just has a a few subtleties here and there; like a riff that sounds like the kind you could predict the drum pattern for but suddenly, its the deft new drum pattern that surprises you. The solos on this song are deliciously executed, backed perfectly by a simple syncopated riff on the rhythm section. Again, a result of thinking. The final track 'Tyranny of the Pallid' continues the well-placed breakdowns but also has a lot of great pentatonic shreds. The high/low register harmonies continue and finally, the album comes to an end.
The only structural defect in this otherwise robust architecture though, are the vocals. This band is yet another example of the 'snarled' vocals not working well but sounding more like mumbles. While the deeper death growls sound great and do the job, there is a very evident lack of power on these snarled vocals. However, that will be perfected with time, that there is no doubt about. If there was ever a promising EP from an Indian band, this is definitely one of them. The band has a great amalgamated sound and more importantly, it has the element of surprise in that it is very difficult to comfortably predict what the next few bars in a song are going to throw at you. If you like your death/thrash to have the ever-so-slight sprinkling of metalcore in it, this EP is something you cannot possibly overlook.