Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Review: Infernal Curse - The End Upon Us

Infernal Curse have been churning out hymns of abyssal evil since 2008 and to date show no signs of slowing down. The Argentina four piece have bore previously two EPs, two demos and one full-length since their formation, each of which has proven to be more diabolical than the last. Now, up for grabs from Iron Bonehead Productions comes the latest release in the band's wretched sea; The End Upon Us. With an album cover that's so unmistakably Lovecraft inspired, what unimaginable horrors does this short EP unveil? 

Genre: Death Metal, Black Metal
Release Date: May 16th, 2014
  1. The End Upon Us
  2. Lascivious Malevolence
  3. Waters of Phlegethon
  4. La Diosa del Averno (Hadez Cover)
Total Playtime: 18 minutes, 58 seconds





Rating: 8.5/10




Infernal Curse have been churning out hymns of abyssal evil since 2008 and to date show no signs of slowing down. The Argentina four piece have bore previously two EPs, two demos and one full-length since their formation, each of which has proven to be more diabolical than the last. Now, up for grabs from Iron Bonehead Productions comes the latest release in the band's wretched sea; The End Upon Us. With an album cover that's so unmistakably Lovecraft inspired, what unimaginable horrors does this short EP unveil?

The first feature that will take the listener by surprise is an over-the-top does of echoes that keep their presence for the longevity of the material; while being tied to the vocal track, the effect expands to such a point that it acts as a black hole and sucks in the surrounding instruments. The vocals become pushed far back into the void while the drums and guitar are covered with the dripping excess, in fact I can say that this is the only album that I've listened to where the existence of the guitar is completely questionable at times; it's not until "Waters of Phlegethon" where we get a clear listen at the crunchy guitar, in which gallops are writhing. When the instruments are distinguishable, the architectures that are heard are enthralling and deeply rooted in a mixture between old-school death metal and doom. There's a very Lovecraftian vibe to the overall content, which is further conveyed by the Cthulhu-esque album cover and insanity driven vocals, which makes the record unique in itself due to the manner of execution. The sound quality is upgraded from Infernal Curse's LP effort, Awakening of the Damned, however they have kept a slight nostalgic grit so that the material comes with the stench of old.

Without a doubt, a very mysterious and obscure set of tracks lay within The End Upon Us; they beckon to the listener, begging them to listen on and those who do will hopefully not succumb to fits of insanity. Those who enjoy Lovecraft themes will definitely find themselves enjoying the material, especially with the overwhelming echoes that overtake every element. Some may see this effect as a hindrance to the content, while it masks the guitar more often than not, however given the theme and style of the material it suits the release extremely well; the listener can almost hear the guitar, drums and bass being slowly sucked back into the void as the vocals growl hymns of The Old Ones.

Digital Download Provided by: Iron Bonehead Productions

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