Infernality is a cinematic expedition through foreboding registers. While the tempos across the album vary greatly (from the static air of "Transmutation" to the sprinting "Talismans"), the doomsday ambient, pummeling industrial and tribal drums maintain a consistent mood. Swelling drones and rattling metal sounds seem as though they're trying to escape the album's blackened surface.
For all of the doom on Infernality, human touches emerge on most tracks. "Philosophy" is full of unquantised hand drumming. On "Retribution," distant drums and a faint vocal cry are heard. "Principles"'s percussion seems to step delicately around an ominous rumble.
Infernality's relentlessly dark music can get repetitive. "Retribution" recycles the clanking industrial atmosphere of "Meditations." "Rites Of Passage" is much the same as the preceding track, "Summoning," both set to a 4/4 march atop gristly drones. Infernality, woven with inventive interplays of drone and heavy percussion, can evoke widescreen landscapes. But the album ends up sounding surprisingly narrow. The duo focus on darkness so insistently that they sometimes seem lost in it.
Mon / 3 Jul 2017
06. Death & Rebirth
13. Rites Of Passage