Release DetailsLABEL Adipocere
RELEASED ON 10/1/2004
posted on 12/2004 By:
This is the introductory paragraph to my review. Usually, in one of these, I try to give some sort of a background on the band, or I have a loosely connected rant concerning something. Not this time. The only purpose of this introduction is because I don't feel comfortable going straight into the review. You need a buffer for your reviews, the same way your ham sandwich needs lettuce and tomato. For those of you that eat your sandwiches with just a condiment or two, completely devoid of dressings, I have nothing but pity for you and your tasteless and dry meal.
Tenebrum Infectus are French. And there are four people in the band. Each one does something, assumedly. One of them is named Deaddy Sugar. Another one is named Glenn. And who cares.
From what I can piece together, Tenebrum Infectus are toted as grindcore, sounding similar to Brutal Truth and even Nasum, among other regular death metal acts like Cannibal Corpse. This description, although great in theory, isn't totally correct. Tenebrum Infectus sound more like standard American death metal with a NYDM slant, perhaps, due to their endless chugging and implementation of artificial harmonics. With dueling low and high vocals, a few of the albums setbacks are overshadowed by the impressive roars and attention-worthy high pitched growls. There are still slight to the acts they're compared with, but only concerning the songwriting, or lack thereof. "Vagina Sickening Pussy" and "Tenebrum Infectus" are both less than ten seconds long, bearing little likeness to grindcore, speaking of musicality. "Human Regression" is sludgy throughout the verses and still considerably fast paced otherwise, as "The Blooding Cannibal Feast" blasts throughout its entire two minutes. "Vomit Your Soul" could actually be compared to Brutal Truth, however, the rest of the album remains largely straightforward and narrow in sound - the one real exception being "My Eternal Last Anguish", the final track. Slowing down to almost a crawl, Tenebrum Infectus take a slight risk by performing what could almost be mistaken for death-inspired doom.
There's four live tracks tacked on to Tenebrum Infectus' debut which I can't seem to find a reason for including. The sound quality, although tolerable, isn't really up to par. They would've done themselves a favor by just having released a short album rather than attempting to lengthen it up with filler material.
This IS death metal in it's purest form, like it or not. If someone didn't have a clue as to what the genre sounded like, I'd probably hand them this CD. Not as the best out there or anything, but because it's completely faceless and still consistent. It's boring, but not bad - so at least Tenebrum Infectus are starting from a higher platform than most beginning bands. Keep...uh...chugging away, I guess.
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