Looking at the Extreme Metal scene today it is really obvious that only an elite few can lay claim to be true innovators and purveyors of musical genius; most bands out there, however, can’t really claim to be anything more than mere followers. I realize that not every new band will bowl me over with a bewildering display of creativity and “freshness”, but I also hate it when reviewers and fans out there lavish praise on the purely mundane. These Floridians have received a fair amount of buzz in recent times but I can, for the life of me, not see why.
The press sheet states that INFERNAEON was created with the intention of “unleashing a wholly original version of underground metal”. Well, I’m listening to this and NOTHING is original about it. The band’s style is moderately diverse, employing typical Death Metal fare with very melodic soloing and somewhat lush underlying keyboard lines throughout, but it never meshes into something really special, let alone “wholly original”. The funny thing is that “A Symphony Of Suffering” manages to conjure an almost garage/Crust vibe even though the use of keyboards is rather incessant. Another issue with me is the drums – the double bass parts benefits from a very powerful production yet the snare sound is godawful (it sounds like the drummer’s playing on cardboard boxes). The monotone death growls also get boring pretty quickly.
I know I’m only focusing on the negative aspects of this album but the sad truth is that I can’t really say anything positive about it. The band’s atmospheric Death Metal is certainly not the worst in its field but I’ve heard albums a lot better than this one. “Embodiment Of Sin” perfectly illustrates the band’s mix of Death and Gothic Metal with a slight Black Metal edge but it sounds uninspired at best. The one good track is “Oracle Of Damnation”, a very fast paced and more linear track that shows that this band can pen a decent track when they do decide to pull the hornet nest out their collective ass.
I can’t recommend this to anyone out there. They are OK at what they do, but what they do is not so OK – it’s just plain boring and they are posturing as something they are not. It’s weird to see a band like this on the Prosthetic label, but I guess that just adds to the charade surrounding this act. Don’t believe the hype, kiddies!
(Online May 28, 2007)