Argentinian Black Metallers release a ferocious third full-length offering.
Since forming back in 2008, Argentina’s Infernal Curse has released a slew of EPs, 4 compilations, 2 Splits, and 2 full-length albums. Now with the release of “Revelations Beyond Insanity” that full-length count rises to 3.
Now, the Argentinian scene is quite overlooked compared to the Brazilian and Chilean metal scenes, but trust me they have some absolute gems that just need to be dug out. Infernal Curse is one such gem!
Kicking off with a church organ-type intro that would not be out of place in a Hammer Horror production, the opening track “Intro/Revelations Beyond Insanity” then erupts at the 01:04 mark with a sound akin to the gates of hell exploding. After recovering my poise, and clawing my way back up off the floor (Thankfully a change of underwear was NOT required), I rewound back to that point. Ferocious is hardly a strong enough term to describe the absolute cacophony of acid-edged riffs and lightspeed drumming. The vocals are aptly exceedingly grim and nasty. Wow! What a start!
“Black Mass Sheperd” (their spelling, not mine!) starts at a slightly more measured pace with some good grumbling bass, before the demonic vocals kick in again. These are those BM vocals that sound like they were recorded in a huge cave, which adds to the atmosphere of savagery.
Blasphemy, Black Witchery, and Beherit…
Yes, by now you will likely be comparing Infernal Curse to the above-mentioned bands, all known for the primitive aggressive “War Metal” take on BM. However with “Voidearth/Rites of Blood and Steel” there is a definite bit of melody there. No, I’m not talking they’ve gone all Dimmu Borgir or Bucket of Muck on you, but it’s subtle and adds an extra dimension to the bludgeoning your ears are taking. This is also the longest track we have here topping out at just under 7 minutes in length. At around the 03:25 mark, the music begins to fade away to be replaced by an ominous droning. Then around 25 seconds or so later, the riffs and all come back for a further assault of your senses.
“Church of Perversity” though seemingly not altering the overall dynamic of the album then throws us a curveball, with a slower atmospheric section with a wailing bit of solo guitar, before fading out to angelic female choral voices over the sound of blazing fire and tolling church bell. Grand stuff!
Only time for 2 more tracks…
Yes, much like the most famous of all-out savagery albums – Slayer‘s “Reign In Blood” this is rather a short album. Two more tracks bring us to its overall length of 27:42. But be not dismayed! These are two great tracks to finish off with.
“Thy Eternal Tribulation” is another with a subtle yet haunting bit of melody to it. It’s difficult to describe without you listening to it yourself!
To round things off, it’s the aptly titled “Aeon of Extinction” bringing the noise until the end. This one has some tasty little hooks throughout, and again, a few more varied parts. However, the overall feel of this album is not lost.
If you like the bands along the lines of Sarcofago, Impiety, et al then this is most certainly an album for such discerning connoisseurs of BM nastiness.
For myself, I loved it, Short, Sharp, vicious – in fact, I shall sum up with this that used to be my radio show tagline back in the day – PURE UNDERGROUND FILTH!
The album is out NOW on Iron Bonehead Productions.
01 – Intro/Revelations Beyond Madness (04:32)
02 – Black Mass Sheperd (03:20)
03 – Voidearth/Rites of Blood and Steel (06:59)
04 – Church of Perversity (04:45)
05 – Thy Eternal Tribulation (04:41)
06 – Aeon of Extinction (04:45)
- 6.66 Euros