Neter - Inferus - (8/10)
Published on May 16, 2018
Asides from the sickos in Avulsed, Spain is not really known for its death metal products. True, the country has produced some underground gems and Teitanblood is one of the leading purveyors of grimy, chaotic black/death, but Spain often goes unmentioned as a great death metal country. Neter’s third album, Inferus, may not be enough to singlehandedly change Spain’s death metal reputation, but the band from Seville sure gives it a shot.
Neter’s sound will be instantly recognizable to fans of modern Polish and American death metal. There are shades of Nile and Decapitated, especially when the band flirts with technicality, while some of the other riffs and martial drum patterns borrow from Behemoth and Vader. There’s also some of the crushing atonality that make Immolation such a punishing listen. What makes Neter interesting is that, while their sound is instantly recognizable-and the name dropping could go on-they’re not a clone of any one of these bands; everything is mixed together smoothly, producing a massive death metal juggernaut.
Despite being rooted in a particular hybrid of death metal, there’s actually a fair amount of diversity to Inferus within the confines of this type of death metal. Tempos shift between tight blasts and pummeling lurches. The band also does a good job of incorporating some creative leads. They’re often fluid and melodic (probably to a greater degree than the influences cited above) and contrast nicely with the bruising rhythms.
One aspect of Neter’s sound that really works is the album’s mid-paced riffs. These sections have a grinding, mechanical aspect to them that gives the album an extra level of brutality. These sections mix the martial drumming of Polish death metal with some sinister American style riffing. The results are deeply satisfying. The band can also pick up the pace; the blast in “The Eye of Sirius” is the fastest the band has ever included on an album, but it’s the teeth-gnashing slower moments that steal the show on Inferus.
There’s very little too complain about on Inferus. I suppose if I had to nitpick the vocals are one-dimensional, even as death growls go, but they’re more than serviceable and intense. In any case, the positives greatly outweigh the negatives and Inferus is a treat for fans of modern death metal.