A while ago I reviewed my first band from Japan here at TMO, this is the second one. While BATHTUB SHITTERS decided to ruin most of their music with an awful vocal type, a vocal type I described as a mixture of Donald Duck and Bon Scott on a diet of amphetamine, INFECTED MALIGNITY has a far more serious approach towards their music. The music in question is brutal Death Metal, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise for those familiar with Unmatched Brutality. INFECTED MALIGNITY is one of the best bands I’ve heard so far from that label but they aren’t in the same league as INGURGITATING OBLIVION. If you want a sample of their music I’m afraid you have to pay their homepage a visit as I couldn’t find any downloadable material for you, only streamed Mp3’s.
INFECTED MALIGNITY is a fresh band in the Death Metal scene, starting out as late as 2004; “The Malignity Born From Despair” being their first full length release. Their music can best be described as a mixture of SUFFOCATION and DEEDS OF FLESH; US Death Metal in other words. These guys have obviously forgotten all about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While “The Malignity Born From Despair” won’t hit the Death Metal scene with atomic impact it still has qualities that’ll appeal to some of its fans. The fans of Underground Death Metal will get the most out of it, as it is far from being anyway near slick or polished. I think the production could have done with some better balancing because as it stands now it is too heavy on the drums. This means that the drums mute out some of the guitar work, especially when band’s in blast mode. A shame really, because I think the album would have been that much better if the guitars had a more important role.
None of the songs on “The Malignity Born From Despair” ever derides from the formula of Brutal Death Metal; if the snare drum isn’t blasting the bass drums are. The vocals are deep grunts all the way through, not the best I’ve heard but not bad either. The vocalist follows the riffs pretty well, though I think his approach becomes a wee bit too monotone to be enjoyable all the way through. I also think that they could have used some more guitar solos like the ones they play in the untitled track at the end. In fact that very song is my favourite on this album; it’s more than good enough to deserve a title.
All in all “The Malignity Born From Despair” is a well crafted Death Metal album that should appeal to some of our readers. It certainly is one of the better bands I’ve heard from Japan this far. I still appreciate the genre called brutal Death Metal, just read my review of BLOODTHORN’s “Genocide”, but I think that INFECTED MALIGNITY has some steps to take before being a force to be reckoned with. As they are now they are certainly brutal but not breathtaking in any sense of the word. (Online June 20, 2006)