Review by Jack on February 24, 2003.
First off, this record reeks of Borknagar's dabbling in the progressive side of black metal. If you can think back to "Empiricism" then you can have a fair idea of what is happening with Lunaris and "...The Infinite". Featuring members of Satyricon, Borknagar and Spiral Architect, Lunaris have certainly got some black metal experience with them and one would hope they would be able to translate some good ideas into worthwhile material.
There is some great material to be found on "...The Infinite", but I do believe that a lot of it misses the spot in trying to achieve a progressive black metal echelon that isn't really there. All these guys are talented, they play their instruments like a pro tennis player plays with his or her racquet. Nothing to complain about there. But you often find that if a leading sportsmen tries to be too complicated or too tricky, things start to slowly trickle away and the game starts to fall apart at the seams. Lunaris are on that path. When they play successfully land a tough shot, boy o boy it is a beauty, but when they miss, things don't look all that great.
Don't give up on Lunaris, yet though. Track 10, 'Soulcrush' is a glimmering example of a tricky shot that pays off handsomely.
Bottom Line: Something of a hit and miss album. Try if you dare.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 6.2 out of 10