Unholier Than Thou
Review by JD on March 16, 2018.
Canadian thrash… what a topic. I love this British Columbia based band since they ripped on to the scene in 1986. They are truly Canada’s finest unknown thrash act ever, The Mighty Infernal Majesty.
With the release of their now classic album None Shall Defy they showed just how hard this band rocks. Blending traditional thrash with blistering speed and NWOBHM sensibility as well, the results took them across the globe and opening for many now famous acts. Then many line-up changes and constant break-ups and make ups made the bands life stagnate. Unholier than Thou was the bands second album coming almost ten years after the first. Coming in as seventy one minutes long thrash opus Infernal Majesty explode out to start with the blazing title track that sets the tone with chainsaw riffs that seem to break light speed. More songs come screaming one by one with military precision. Songs that shine through are the cranial pounding 'Gone The Way of All Flesh' and the neck breaking brutal 'The Art of War 'seem to be the stars, while the rest were not far off the mark.
Over production takes some of the power away from this release, although thankfully not by much. It’s the odd 9 year space between the debut and the sophomore release that also dampens the record – but again, very little. This is an album worth owning if you’re a thrash fan. This is one of the best, and its Canadian. Who would have thunk it? I would, but then again… I am Canadian.
Rating: 9 out of 10