Review by JD on December 6, 2012.
Thrash... metals undisputed superstars. The people in the style never got rich and huge like the 80's hair bands did, but they are a testament to what metal is. The Bay Area was the epicentre for this resurrection. Now, Thrash is worldwide and its a full on movement that just starting to grow.
Germany is more known for its Power and Symphonic styles of metal rather than Thrash - and yet that Thrash scene is growing by the day. One of the bands from German soil dealing out the Thrash, is Mortal Infinity. Combining old school Bay Area Thrash along the lines of older Metallica, Testament and Exodus with more modern metal like Lamb Of God... the results is intriguing concoction.
What this band has in hutzpa, a bad recording has taken away. I love the melodic rawness of the tracks here, but the way it was set down on the recording was close to tragic. Songs like the brash 'Wake Of Devastation' and the nasty bite of 'Condemned Rising' are dramatically stifled by the way the recording of the tracks. They are so muddied that most of the melody is blurred under the weight of the bad mixing job and lackluster mastering. Moral Infinity sometimes sound like their influences as well, but i can see the originality that is just under it all. With the right engineer and time to mature into their own sound, this band could be another Metallica (Old School) or Exodus.
As it stands, they seem to sound like every Thrash band - but there is this definite feel that this is a band about to break out and become a force. Mortal Infinity’s album as it stands, is very weak and sometimes unpalatable over most of the forty minutes it plays, but I am satisfied that this is just a stepping stone for a band that's on the next release might blow a few minds if things come together. Guess we just wait and see.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 6.6 out of 10