Infectious Hate - Insanity Begins

This is death/groove from France that has a very loud mix, sonically, its loud, musically it’s aggressive and even though this is not my normal choice of styles, its works really well and finds favour. In general, it will for most as this is rather tight and well played. ‘No More’ really sets the standard high, there is a massive guttural vocal stance from “John” which is normally associated with a much more technical and faster style of death metal. But in hindsight, the bands mission statement is to make extreme music that is more accessible, they music is groovier but still quite riffy and choppy like some original sub-genres of death metal, but very modern groove orientated in the main so if the early material of Germany’s Debauchery is anything to go by, then you will have a marginal comparison for this bands style. Musically its slightly more “modern”, as statements go, it’s simply a good collection of songs. Trying to classify and label each and every release that comes out nowadays does become tiresome and not really backed up by substance either.

But back to Infectious Hate, ‘Dead End’ has a more vintage approach with the modern groove, then it begins to go nuts and increases the tempo dramatically during sections of the track, this is rather enjoyable and keeps the sound fresh without the burning desire to play a groove parallax all the time. ‘Corroded by Time’ sounds a little Sepultura, there are pinch harmonics included and a general overall bouncy feeling. In fact the whole release exhumes a positive attitude, with actual aggressive attitude added in spades throughout the six tracks. Critically it sounds dated in terms of the modern obsession with going “old school”, it’s certainly reminiscent of the nineties and noughties with a touch of up to date musicianship added to good effect. ‘Insanity Begins’ won’t please the purists or lovers of old school death, it is very much a groove orientated release but it is played rather well.

  1. Insanity Begins
  2. No More
  3. Alive
  4. Dead End
  5. Corroded By Time
  6. Sins

Self released
Reviewer: twansibon
Jan 23, 2014

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