|Review: Infested Blood - The Masters of Grotesque|
|The Masters of Grotesque|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:The Masters of Grotesque
Rated 3.42/5 (68.33%) (12 Votes)
Infested Blood is a Brazilian quartet that was formed in 1999. The Masters of Grotesque is the band's debut, actually dating back to 2003.
The painting on the cover is a pretty clear statement as to what is to be expected: brutal and technical Death Metal. The melodic factor is quite minimal and is carried out by the tremolo picking. A few juicy riffs pop up once in a while, but most of the time the lead guitar is what can be heard. The drumming here is unstoppable and pummeling with a snare drum abuse and double bass galore. The lead vocals are the deep growls type with frequent rasps as well. This is one of the different aspect about this band, I mean taking elements from Black Metal, without including the atmosphere or subtleness, alas. The music on this disc is basically fast and repetitive, brutal and technical. The songs are all pretty much built on the same frame and you can hardly tell them apart. You have to be into this type of music or you will find it hard to endure going through its short 33 minutes duration.
A few tracks do have some interesting tremolo pickings and riffs like: "The Art of Cannibalism", while "Feeding the Will" contains a bit of gore/sick samplings.
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