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Perversity: Infamy Divine
Brutal Death Metal
Lavadome Productions
January 7th, 2014
Release length: 17:14
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Perversity is a Brutal Death Metal group out of Presov Slovakia. While they haven’t obtained a lot of global recognition, the band has been putting a good deal of effort forward since they formed in 1995. Aside a compilation in 2006, the group issued a total of three demos, all but one in 2007 were before their debut album In the Garment of Lust dropped in 2003. Three more full-lengths followed over the years, including their first through Lavadome Productions in the summer of 2011 titled Ablaze. It’s been two-and-a-half years now, and Perversity return not with a new album, but a six song follow-up EP titled Infamy Divine. With a decent reception over the years, will this recording make the band, or will it fail to grab any more listeners than their already dedicated fan base has?

Infamy Divine isn’t the most impressive release of the Brutal Death Metal genre, but it does have some positive elements going for it. The rich bass presence ends up a double edged sword. While it gives some extra bite to the crisp production, it takes away from the other instruments, causing chunks or entire songs to sound empty, especially when the riffs are simpler. You can pick up on this right away during “Vermin.” While the song itself doesn’t seem bad, there are plenty of minimal areas that sound vacant or leave noticeable gaps. It sounds like the less complex sections actually bore the band, not to mention are missing a vital element to help assert that aggression it sorely lacks. This goes for “Angel of Prostitution” as well, though the technical passages there, especially in the later songs bring the guitars and cymbals that could use a little more love all around to the forefront to fill out the music and wake the Perversity up from their stagnant slumber.

The track “Goddess of Maggots” literally comes out of nowhere, putting the focus on the bass guitar properly. This has more of a Progressive tone to it in some of the slower passages, akin to something Atheist or Opeth might pull off. Some notes from it can be a awkwardly loud a little more than half way in, but it’s a small price to pay considering how the speed and technicality really tie the performance together. “Incest of Flesh” has some faster sections as well that really let the drums shine through, especially during the blast beat segments. There are gaps here, but they are used in a logical manner that makes sense to the performance, maintaining the established intimidation factor. And then there’s “Supreme Accusation,” which finds some simpler material once more. Thankfully it established the atmosphere this time, unlike the boring execution in “Angel of Prostitution.” While not as powerful as “Incest of Flesh,” there are still pounding sections that will have you bobbing your head along at the very least and make it a song you won’t really pass out from as you wait for something of interest to happen.

Infamy Divine has some good ideas, but the first two songs are simply painful to sit through thanks to the audio quality and incredibly generic performances. As the EP goes on, the songs do get a little better almost out of nowhere thanks to “Goddess of Maggots.” Sadly, it’s only three songs since “Infamous” is a brief piano piece that also isn’t too impressive. If you’re new to Perveristy and this is your first experience, you’ll probably not want to give them another chance, or even just stop listening all together in the first few minutes. But, if you hold off on hitting the stop button, you’ll get a couple mildly memorable performances that deviate slightly from this style’s textbook that Perversity clearly stuck to this time around.

01. Vermin – 3:20
02. Angel of Prostitution – 3:49
03. Goddess of Maggots – 2:23
04. Incest of Flesh – 3:08
05. Supreme Accusation – 3:38
06. Infamous – 0:57
Initial Pressing Score: 4/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Lavadome Productions.