Infanteria is back, the South African progressive thrash metal trio that has spent the last 28 months shaping this album. «Burnt relic» opens the fire, never better said, with a thrash full of elegant touches in which the melody is not forgotten and progressive elements are introduced that remind us a little of what Kreator is doing on his latest albums. Enormous.
«Raging bastards» takes up the sound path of bands like Slayer, but always taking the music to its own terrain. The vocal melody is alternative metal and the result is a song with a lot of quality. «Into the depths» begins with a calm atmosphere that the guitars break as the canons dictate. The theme grows every second until it becomes a tribute to mid-tempo, although it includes fast passages of great technical precision.
«All I ever lost» is a quiet cut that goes in crescendo towards its end and serves, practically, as an introduction to the next song: «Swansong». This also begins with an acoustic that turns into a devastating riff that confirms the trio’s excellent state of form. The three musicians are at an impressive level and here they confirm that they are capable of facing musical structures as complicated as they are captivating.
«Embrace the trauma» is a return to 80’s thrash, mercilessly, without letting you breathe and straight to your brain. With the previous one, it is one of the most powerful cuts on the album. «Repent through orders you seek» has hints of Primus at the beginning and a riff reminiscent of early Metallica. The mixture of elements does not alter the final product: a great song.
«Patriarch» puts the final point to this great album. The slow start becomes a central part full of feeling. At bridge they uncover the jar of essences to confirm that they have nothing to do with any other band. What a waste of quality.
It will be enough for some European festival to call them to magnify their history. They are far superior to any of the mid-level bands on the old continent and have a lot to say and contribute. In addition, the excellent production of this album plays in its favor so that it becomes the definitive one to make the great leap to fame. They will surprise you.
1. Burnt Relic
2. Raging Bastards
3. Into The Depths
4. All I’ve Ever Lost
6. Embrace The Trauma
7. Repent Through Orders You Seek
Tim Leibbrandt (Bajo)
Chris Hall (Vocals & Guitarra)
Adrian Langeveld (Batería)