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Pulse-quickening - 85%

Felix 1666, June 27th, 2020

It took exactly the first three seconds of the opener “Fellowship of Rats” – and then I added Mortal Infinity on my (admittedly very long) list of favourite bands. This outbreak of ravenous ferocity bursts out of the speakers with the maximum of energy, violence and harshness. It draws me into the output immediately. Honestly speaking, I didn’t know that Hofbräuhaus-Bavarians can be that angry! And the highly exciting curtain-raiser is just the beginning of an extremely dynamic collection of high-speed bullets and mid-paced vulgarities.

The riffs hit the listener like a whip gone mad while a few (almost) melodic parts reveal a fine instinct for harmonies, the drums do not shy away from the highest tempos, the lead vocalist leaves no doubt that he wants to ruin his vocal chords as soon as possible and the partly menacing atmosphere adds the finishing touch. These guys know the stylistic homeland of original thrash, even though the (a little bit too) modern production tries to disguise this fact. Don’t worry, the album does not fall victim to emotionless sterility, but the mix also has not much in common with the rather warm sounds of the eighties. Or is this just my nostalgic vision? “Bonded by Blood” also did not come up with a comfortable dose of warmness, if I am not mistaken. Mortal Infinity are even more vehement than the majority of the hardly beatable pioneers without touching the outposts of death metal. Okay, sometimes the lead singer – pay attention to his fervent introduction of the fantastic “Misanthropic Collapse” – rather growls than shouts his lines, but the basic element of “In Cold Blood” is razor-sharp thrash metal, no doubt about it. These guys pay tribute to the God of thrash and he forgives them the occasional use of keyboards, because they are far away from shaping the album. Instead, he smiles to rockets such as “Devastator, Devastated” or the title track.

Mortal Infinity shoot their material with gigantic cannons into the (unfortunately only imaginary) crowd. One must be dead if one does not feel the enthusiasm, passion and idealism of the five guys who have released this material digitally on their own. It’s therefore a shame that their collection of killers obviously fell on deaf ears. F**k the industry, the independent labels and everybody else who did not sign these creators of pulse-quickening thrash. Equipped with an appropriate deal, this album would not revolutionize but, much better, revitalize the global thrash community from the bottom up. Believe me, if you have left the first 50 years of your life behind you, you need a reanimation from time to time. I speak from experience.

Another intriguing detail is that each and every riff of the slicing, ripping, shredding and cutting guitars sounds absolutely fresh. As far as I can see, there are no obvious influences of a specific thrash band that left its mark on the approach of the band. Nevertheless, pretty unexpected is that the guitars of “Repulsive Messiah” or “Silent Assassin (Champion of War)” sound like Bolt Thrower on thrash…. Anyway, Mortal Infinity can be compared with bands such as Dew-Scented in terms of fury, but they stand on their own feet. Moreover, it seems nobody can bring them down, not even the deaf-dumb-blind record companies. Maybe the world is simply unjust and pure, intense, furious and mind-bending thrash metal is the real new underground music. But if this is the case, be aware that Mortal Infinity are among the idealistic heroes of the underground. Even though two or three (good) pieces do not fulfil the highest expectation, there are not many options how to pen a better thrash album.

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Mortal Infinity - In Cold Blood - 92%

Edmund Sackbauer, October 7th, 2019
Written based on this version: 2019, Digital, Independent

The underground is filled with bands deserving much more attention than they actually get. One such outfit are German thrashers Mortal Infinity who have already been active for more than a decade. Although delivering on an absolutely professional level on all accounts they might still be more or less unknown to a broader audience. “In Cold Blood” is full length number three and another example of fist-raising and powerful metal.

The riffs are hitting hard and furiously and while it might be open for discussion if the world needs another album in this particular style the quality is out of question. The main chords have been forged with so much precision that I could not help but think some of the bigger names should take notice and learn a lesson or two from this pretty unknown but highly talented band. The lead guitar harmonies are permanently pitched against the driving main riffs lending the whole music and ultimately uplifting character. The modern undertone helps highlighting the punchy nature of the whole affair giving the music an additional edge. Working with two guitarist helps to keep the songs fresh and intense by cleverly weaving different nuances into the overall sound.

Beside the spectacular guitar work also the rhythm section has to be mentioned. The drumming is absolutely precise following the main patterns of each song and highlighting several sections where an extra portion of intensity is needed. “In Cold Blood” is not so much an album for showing off any instrumental wankery (although there are enough soloing sections) but presenting a stringent piece of music that can easily be enjoyed by any fan of the genre without hesitation. The soundscape created by the themes in the background is often uplifting but also aggressive and works as basement for the riffing, the hard hitting grooves and the intense vocals by singer Marc.

While the instrumentation is top notch there are no too flashy or overly technical sections just for the sake of it. From the first note onwards it is pretty obvious that the intention of Mortal Infinity has been to take some of the best pieces of the genre and put them back together while injecting a little bit of their own DNA. There is nothing really new or groundbreaking here but the music is just so powerful and fresh that I really do not care about that. The songwriting is compact and on point without any unnecessary lengths or boring parts. The tracks flow into each other in nice fashion making the forty seven minutes go by without noticing.

The production is modern but packs an immense punch which is especially impressive given the fact that we are talking about a self-released album here. Mixing and mastering are flawless with all instruments being well balanced. The guitars are thick and crunchy and the drum sound is powerful without sounding like plastic. Rounded off by an atmospheric cover and fitting lyrics “In Cold Blood” is an album that should be high on anyone’s list who is into traditional thrash metal with a modern production. One of the biggest highlights when it comes to thrash metal in 2019 for sure.