The Malignity Born from Despair
Infected Malignity, "The Malignity Born from Despair"
Early Suffocation-influenced death metal by way of Tokyo, Japan – a very fitting geography for a band with such a claustrophobic sound. Everything on this album is packed together as densely as possible, like so many people on the streets of one of the largest megalopolises on the planet. Given that space is at a premium over there, I can imagine the band packed into the tiniest of studios to record these songs. It shows in the production, which is full, yet extremely dry to the point that there's zero ambience. Song after song finds a wall of guitars competing with, but never quite overpowering, blast beat-laden drums which are flat and inches away from your face. As you'd expect, it's brutal stuff, with the requisite layered death growls and spastic drum fills. The band has talent - for a debut album the songwriting is impressive - but it may take an adventure outside the confines of Tokyo proper for them to find, and capture, their sound.