Unexpected Traumatic Experiences
Review by Alex Grindor on March 13, 2021.
Spreading sickness from Ecuador, Infected Humans' debut full-length packs a lot of unexpected surprises that will catch your ears off-guard for sure.
I can say that this little record has a lot of shining moments, even more so in its later half. Once the 'Intro' is delivered, a sonic maelstrom assaults you. Brutal, frenzied riffs are all along this ride, with a wide variety of them. Thrown around in some unexpected moments are some leads, melodies and clean guitar sections, which go away as quickly as they spawned. Vocals are a deep growl, very low and brutal fitting for this particular style. Drums are just around everywhere, barely resting at all. There are a lot of great moments throughout the album, especially on the guitars. Their rhythms can vary from brain-splattering brutal death metal to crawling, creeping doom verses to twin dissonant moments. And while it's all chaos from the start, it is around track 5 that things calm down a bit, give you breathing room and become a more direct, controlled force. All while not losing an ounce of brutality.
However, despite all of the aforementioned, this album has a really major problem that does not go unnoticed. What the hell is that snare sound? Is it even a snare? Sounds more like a tin can being smashed repeatedly with a wooden spoon. I understand that this particular sound is nothing new ("Satan's Revenge on Mankind" being the most infamous example) but it's just so annoying that it detracts you from enjoying all of the music. Not to mention the mixing was made so that the snare sounded a bit louder than the rest of the drum kit. Add to that the ridiculous amount of blast-beats, gravity-blasts and many other drum techniques and, well, you get my point.
Packing 11 tracks and featuring guest vocals from other known bands, Infected Humans has shown a lot of potential. However, as stated previously, the drums in particular can be more distracting than complementing to the overall experience. If, however, you can stand this issue, be sure that you'll be delighted by the guitarwork executed here. My favorite being track 10 (trust me, you want to listen to this and the outro). I hope the drums issue will be rectified in the future, for there is a lot to enjoy here.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10390