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Infanticide: Misconception of Hope
Death Metal, Grindcore
Willowtip Records
August 27th, 2013
Release length: 19:00
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There are plenty of bands out there using the Infanticide name, but only one has managed to make their way onto Willowtip Records. This four-piece Swedish Death Metal and Grindcore act formed back in 2002, releasing a few demos and EPs before their 2007 début full-length Extinction Scheme dropped through Emetic Records. They were picked up by Willowtip for 2010’s From Our Cold Dead Hands, and three years later we have their third album, Misconception of Hope, which really should be categorized more as an EP given its nineteen minute length. Never the less, this recording is upon us, but does this end up a mixture of grinding brutality?

For the most part, Misconception of Hope is a pretty standard Death and Grindcore release, though the thick and heavy distortions common to Swedish Death Metal music are on full display, giving the songs a little extra bite. “Trial and Error” is a slow building introduction that finds “T.O.I.L.” slamming in with authority. Hammering away with plenty of blast beats, it does offer a catchy groove-filled section towards the end that will have you bobbing your head harder than it is already. “99 Percent Uncertainty” kicks in with a deep, slow-paced groove for a good thirty seconds before pummelling you with intense grinding and some Hardcore riffs that offer a slight bit of hope to the crushing performance. “44 Caliber Salvation” just refuses to let go as it slices into you with ruthless aggression brought on by the surprising amount of technicality in the performance. “Family Annihilator” wraps things up with a little complexity in the Death Metal chords and catchy drumming and dominant bass presence in various other passages.

Sadly, the main drawback to Misconception of Hope is that, as each song only continues to progress and hook the listener more, the music suddenly comes to an end. “End Result” builds the intensity perfectly, and before you know it, the band just stops, leaving you with pent up tension that you never got the chance to let loose. The same can be said for “Utopia Landfill,” which finds high energy growls and raspy vocals pushed more than before. Even “Downturn,” a slightly longer track, sounds as though it’s cut a few seconds early by the time you reach the end. Surprisingly, “Monokrom Vardag,” which has the potential to be the crowning achievement for this release thanks to the longer introduction, fails to leave a lasting impression. Once that slow, burdening start ends, the music is standard Grindcore that hammers away, and once again just stops and leaves you hanging.

Misconception of Hope is an album that leaves you incredibly frustrated in both a positive and negative manner. Infanticide simply brutalize you for nineteen straight minutes, cutting away at you with thick, razor-like music that only Sweden can truly perfect. On the other hand, there’s a decent amount of songs that tease you with promises of a climax, only to leave you with metaphorical blue balls as everything just suddenly stops to move onto the next. There are still some tracks worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of the style, but, overall, this is more a recording worth sampling on-line before rushing out to own it day one.

01. Trial and Error – 1:03
02. T.O.I.L. – 1:07
03. Utopia Landfill – 0:48
04. End Result – 0:42
05. W.M.D. – 1:03
06. Hallucinagenda – 0:50
07. Downturn – 0:53
08. 99 Percent Uncertainty – 1:31
09. Final Unrest – 0:30
10. Lacking Relevance – 0:54
11. Nice Try – 0:55
12. Monokrom Vardag – 1:54
13. Perversity Excursion – 0:38
14. 75 – 0:48
15. 44 Caliber Salvation – 0:48
16. Religious Indoctrination – 1:00
17. Barely Breathing – 0:55
18. Opening Sky – 1:30
19. Family Annihilator – 1:12
Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10

Infanticide
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Willowtip Records.