January 18th, 2011
Release length: 41:35
Infernal Earthly Divine comes off as a strongly underground type of release. The production quality of the recording is pretty clear, though still somewhat raw and muddy, which gives it a nice hint of ambience without treading into a “kvlt” or completely raw territory many underground Black Metal acts seem to focus on. Instead, this release seems to hone in on weaving some Thrash intensity. Of course, sometimes there is the typical Swedish Death Metal approach that many bands from that region incorporate, mostly through the slightly melodic and rhythmic guitar work, but it’s not too often. Infact, the first time you genuinely hear it shine through is “Majestical/Sadistic”, the fourth track on the recording. The song itself is enjoyable, and still retains some of that raw, early Death Metal atmosphere and composition to it, which gives it a liittle more originality then most bands that play that style of music. However, while the track’s music is somewhat infectious, it’s far from one of the best songs on the release, and given the nature of the rest of album, seems to feel more like a burden, holding the band back from putting out a strong Death Metal effort that seperates them from idolworship of acts like Dismember.
In fact, the band seems to take more from early NWOBHM bands that took on first generation Black and Death Metal styles. There can be many moments where bands like Venom can be argued as an influence, such as with the track “Kiss the Goat”. Of course, you also have tracks like “Witch Hammer” that do seem to have a slight typical Swedish Death Metal influence going on, but seems to couple it more with material one could compare to early Possessed, having a strong Death Metal attitude, but yet focuses in on having a nice Thrash edge to it to make it just sound more evil and intense.more typical Swedish Death Metal style. But, one of the more interesting tracks on here is the slower, ominous song “Thessalonian Death Cult”. The song seems a lot simpler in comparison to tracks like “Witch Hammer” and the face shredding first track “Born Again Satanist”, but it’s the ominous, punishing feeling and atmosphere of the song’s slower pace that really makes the song genuinely stand out, as well as keep our any repetition during the songs just under five and a half minute time span. Of course, there’s the clearly Venom heavy “Hail Satan”, which is just a great old-school Metal romp that goes as an involuntary headbanging pace with chugging guitars, two-step bass kicks, and classic NWOBHM inspired riffs, especially during the chorus.
While the album brings in plenty of different Death Metal ideas, they do try to stick to basic Death Metal composition, and it seems to be largely influenced by the earlier generations with some Black and Thrash influences here and there. However, like the case of “Majestical/Sadistical”, not every track on here is a winner. That track isn’t necessarily bad, but offers nothing that really is inspiring or too original, and will quickly become a song that is skipped over. “…Of Hell”, sadly, is another track that doesn’t really do much to inspire the listener. The song starts off vintage enough with the rhaspy voiced introduction spoken between some drum hits, but then it just becomes repetitive blast beats throughout the song that really destroy the old-school introduction to the track, ruining much of the anticipated atmosphere. The slower music during the chorus works well for the track, but the furious blast beats just take too much away from them and the song in general, and leave the track feeling a little more generic then anything.
With only those two songs holding the album back, Infernal Earthly Divine is still a stunning piece of Death Metal that any fan of the style will automatically eat up. It also shows that not all Death Metal acts from Sweden need to sound like their countries heroes for pioneering the specific sound many new acts utilize repeatedly without much to distinguish one from another. Sure, that influence still appears here, but most of the time only seems to linger in the mixture of classic Death Metal goodness. If you want an album that just sounds evil, without having to go through a terrible lo-fi production, then this slightly murky debut album is for you. Infernal Earthly Divine makes an excellent first impression in the metal community for Crucifyre, and shows that there are only good things on the way from this act.
01. Born Again Satanist – 3:27
02. Kiss the Goat – 3:49
03. Hellish Sacrifice – 7:04
04. Majestical/Sadistical – 2:34
05. Witch Hammer – 4:35
06. Thessalonian Death Cult – 5:28
07. …Of Hell – 4:31
08. Hail Satan – 4:55
09. The Fetching – 5:12
|Overall Score: 9/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Pulverised Records via Earsplit PR.