Infernale Metallum Mortis
Review by Krys on April 30, 2019.
Hailing from Tijuana, Mexico, Infernal Conjuration has finally presented us with their debut album Infernale Metallum Mortis. Finally, because for a band with a decade long history they made us wait a damn long time for the first official full-length. Granted, they have 2 solid EPs and a demo under their belt but still, that's a lot of time to horn diabolic craft called death metal before first LP.
Was the wait worth it? Hell yeah! Unapologetically band states "'Infernale Metallum Mortis' is 9 tracks of total death metal, no ambiguities, no trends, this is death metal by metalheads for metalheads, no compromise." And just for clarification purpose let's catalog this in late 80s, early 90s style and you might have clearer idea on where Infernal Conjuration stands in their quest to the top of the abyss (or should it be bottom?).
The sound is raw but clean almost too clean for death metal, but Infernal Conjuration blurs the genre line by incorporating a lot of thrash elements to the point of reminding me of very first outputs from Slayer, Sepultura or early German thrash scene. Tempo wise they stay in that top thrash/speed range rarely going into blast-beats which provides a pleasant change from current trends and focuses on quality songwriting and plethora of riveting riffs. Two guitars provide numerous standout moments with blistering tremolos, chugging chords or mind piercing solos. Tracks like 'Profound Immorality' or 'Cleansed in Asphyxia' take all those elements and add even more diversity in form of clean classical guitars, multi lead lines and pinch harmonics. Vocals of Emmanuel Luna are also not your typical death metal growls. Harsh and raspy thrash influenced style is occasionally enhanced with piercing squeals adding black and desolate overtones. Recorded behind slight reverb they add to the gut-wrenching atmosphere of coming from the depths of hell. Every song includes a good amount of tempo changes with interesting arrangements and striking prowess of the rhythm section, skillfully filling the space between phrases, even bass got few solo lines here.
Infernal Conjuration gave us a solid dose of old school death metal on 'Infernale Metallum Mortis'. No over produced, watered down melodic shit here! Maybe not too innovative but with enough of fresh ideas to keep listener absorbed and engaged. Fans of old school will devour this with sick pleasure and if you can support them this summer live on tour with The Chasm and Cruciamentum you might be a part of coming out party from this very deserving horde of death metal maniacs.
Rating: 8 out of 10