July 1st, 2013
Release length: 49:08
“Visions of the Inner Eye” kicks things off on a shorter note. Clocking in at just under five minutes, this one carries a creepy atmosphere thanks largely to the chords being used. There’s a hint of melody to the lead riffs, though far from anything you could easily claim as simple hooks. The drumming often remains a consistant faster pace just shy of blast beats. There are some passages that incorporate some two-step, though that style around the three minute mark almost shifts into what I can only describe as an out of place upbeat surfer piece. Aside this track and the two instrumentals, the rest are pretty extensive, and of course do have some sections that pad the length out, though not in a negative way.
“Oblivion” starts off with a bit of an epic vibe, and gradually builds into a sinister or cold environment. There also are some gutturals used for good measure, adding a burdening sense to the punishing material. The only downfall is that the music will sometimes not have an atmosphere despite the solid performance. “Ritual Within” also stands out for it’s larger focus on venomous passages, though there are times that throw some random changes your way, but not to the extent “Visions of the Inner Eye” does. These are more restrained to pad out the length than any other possible intention.
While Desolate Unknown ends up a solid piece of US Black Metal, there is a major flaw in the material. First of all, the album does have a rougher audio quality to it, which actually sounds really good for the most part. The problem is that the highly static-fueled guitar distortion often sounds incredibly weak on top of what already exists. Sometimes the bass isn’t that deep either, or even present, leaving the music to carry a somewhat lighter tone, especially if the notes being played are higher in pitch like a good deal of “Dust of Stars.”
Despite the issues with the guitar distortion and the bass sometimes being completely absent, Desolate Unknown is a solid, aggressive, and sometimes creepy piece of US Black Metal. Sure you could argue the longer songs do seem to have a little too much padding from time to time, but never do those gaps hurt the flow, or even clash with the general atmosphere the band is creating. It’s a shame that Infera Bruo is still unsigned, as there’s no denying these guys are ready for the right label to pick them up and spread their disease as much as possible. So, if you haven’t checked this band out yet, then you definitely need to take the time to be reminded that this country can infact churn out some solid material for the blackest of all Metal genres.
01. Visions of the Inner Eye – 4:51
02. Oblivion – 8:02
03. Segue I – 1:36
04. Ritual Within – 13:06
05. Dust of Stars – 9:29
06. Segue II – 1:25
07. Invoking Collapse – 10:39
|Initial Pressing Score: 8/10