Infernaeon, "A Symphony of Suffering"
Florida’s Infernaeon release a six-track slab of heaviness, for lack of a better descriptor, on their EP A Symphony of Suffering. Encapsulated in this 30+ minute affair is an odd juxtaposition of old-school American death metal with a Dimmu-reminiscent symphonic black metal. The band is very clearly attempting to meld the two genres, and though it’s a novel idea and Infernaeon play their work proficiently, the result on this disc feels uncomfortable and imbalanced most of the time. Put more simply, I don’t think I like it very much.
On most of the tracks (which are all too long), especially noticeable on “Embodiment of Sin,” “A.I.D.S.” and “March of Death” when the keyboard strains invade an otherwise death metal portion of the material, the music ends up feeling forced. Moreover, with the band so clearly trying to fully incorporate both styles of the music, they’ve chosen to do lots of tempo changes that bring with them style changes. This is jarring and frustrating. For as hard as I’m sure these guys have worked to make A Symphony of Suffering a unique experience, too much of it has the same effect as broken bones grating on each other.
The silver lining on this album, though small, is that Infernaeon can definitely play, and during those occasions when they’re simply playing death metal, they show a true knack for writing catchy riffs and executing with some real viciousness. If, and it’s a big “if,” they can get their shit together in the songwriting department, future releases may just be incredible…but it’s going to take them a lot more work than they’ve exercised here.
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