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Infesticide – Envenoming Wounds

Envenoming Wounds
by Quinten Serna at 10 September 2020, 7:12 AM

The melding of the intensity of aggression and rawness of uninhibited music gives us the familiarity of Death Metal in all of its insidious embraces—INFESTICIDE has made it their collective goal to fully embody everything the genre represents, made evident in their latest release, “Envenoming Wounds.” The album begins in a cacophony of sounds, a pure torrent of tumultuous syllable and melody where no warning or build up is given as “Envenoming Wounds” centers the listener’s attention immediately. Departing slightly from the construction of its predecessor, “The Phosphovore” commences with a buildup focused on the rhythm guitar as the rest of the band plays in staccato accents, and though the introduction is but a moment in length it manages in setting the theme and inflections for the piece.

Acid Lava” is a clean instrumental serving in separating the first half of the album from the second—the odd and somewhat astounding feature of the song is its focus on minimalism being composed of just a single guitar, the simplicity focuses on stretching the sensation of strife and tension over an arcing passage and accomplishes such with ease. “Utter Darkness” is one of the more intricate tracks on the album where no rhythm seems to exist, rather every passage is a lead progression joined by percussion, bass, and vocals the application of which reminds me somewhat of AFTER THE BURIAL. The final track, “Ageless Storms,” is an instrumental composed of a single anti-solo, which is, in short, a distinct way to finish an album.

This album contains a myriad of different and puzzling attributes, such that the instruments have this kind of jarring synthesis with one another where the focus seems to shift constantly between guitars, drums, and bass where despite each one being played in clarity they become lost in the mix. The guitars are filled with rage and raw aggression, as well the solos are cathartic and inspiring; the bass is powerful and distorted; the drums are powerful and intense but sound just a bit too far behind the other instruments.

Envenoming Wounds” comes out to about 29 and a half minutes making it near 10 minutes shorter than others of similar sound. The music is quite good but each song has a similar attack and constructions to each other save for the instrumentals which are composed of one guitar each. The instruments unfortunately get lost within the mix though individually are performed quite nice, though the fidelity makes it difficult to want to listen to the whole of the album. Fans of the band will most likely laud the group for their new music, though new listeners might find difficult getting past the lo-fi recording and short length of the album.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 5
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Envenoming Wounds
2. The Phosphovore
3. Magma Blood
4. Perpetual Madness
5. Acid Lava
6. Stalwart, Poisonous and Burned
7. Fathomless Steel
8. Utter Darkness
9. Ageless Storms
Fabrizio – Bass
Indra – Drums
Isaías SpeedBlosky – Guitars and Vocals
Record Label: Blood Harvest


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