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Infera Bruo - Rites of the Nameless

Infera Bruo
Rites of the Nameless
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 11 October 2020, 7:55 AM

INFERA BRUO is a Progressive Black Metal band based out of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. They formed in 2009, and their name translates to “hellish noise.” They have previously released three full-length albums, and “Rites of the Nameless” is their fourth, and contains six tracks. “The Breath of Chaos” leads off the album. Out of the gate, it sounds like your fairly standard Black Metal, but those chords are where the Progressive elements come into play. Beyond the vocal screams, the clean vocals give the song an edge. “Latent Foe Arcane” opens again with a fairly bland Black Metal sound. From there, the riffing ventures out a bit to parts unknown. The dueting harsh and clean vocals in the chorus are interesting. It gives the song a sense of sadness to go along with the maddening Black Metal. The clean guitar passage after the half-way mark also bring some diversity to the table.

“Frayed” opens with a darker and slower sound, but picks up fairly quickly to a steadier pace. The instrumental passage after the half-way mark is something completely different. It finishes back on the original sound. “Cimmerian Shade” is where things really start to get interesting. The opening notes are fuzzy and harrowing in scope. When the instruments come in, there are some unusual chord progressions. It changes course several times throughout the song, keeping you on your toes. “Mining Shadows for Unlight” is a shorter, more intense song, with fast picked guitars and the drums working overtime. It takes a brief pause with chanted clean vocals, then roars back with a guitar solo. I like the dual vocals…it’s something you don’t often hear.

“Rites of the Nameless” closes the album. It’s a nine-minute beast. Opening with clean guitars, it slowly builds into an intriguing sound, before the guitars lay waste to everything, with harsh vocals and blast beat drumming. I really appreciate the subtle changes in the meter every now and again, but you have to really listen closely to catch them. Overall, I found this album interesting enough to hold my attention throughout the experience. The Progressive elements were quite subtle, unlike a band like IHSAHN for example, but they were there. This isn’t your father’s Black Metal from 1990. Although the roots are still there, this is an inventive and fresh take on the genre, which is where you have to be as a band in the Black Metal genre today, to really distance yourself from the thousands of bands out there trying too hard to keep Trve Kvlt Black Metal alive. Definitely give this some attention.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Breath of Chaos
2. Latent Foe Arcane
3. Frayed
4. Cimmerian Shade
5. Mining Shadows for Unlight
6. Rites of the Nameless
Lineup:
Ardroth – Drums, Vocals
Galen – Guitars, Vocals
Germanicus – Keyboards, Effects
Neutrino – Bass, Vocals
Record Label: Prosthetic Records
     


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