"Genesis to Nemesis"


Before I rip into Infernaeon's new album, "Genesis to Nemesis", I must divulge that I am guilty of liking well - orchestrated mash - ups of black/death/thrash. In fact sub -genre "purists" piss me off. Everknown someonethat pigeon - holes their musical tastes into one narrow niche? Such folks can be insufferable in their robotic, monochrome dogmas. I've witnessed bands improve themselves by incorporating new elements. I have also thrown Cd's out my truck window for it.

Putting death -black lipstick on unremarkable thrash is such an all - American problem to begin with. Employ a keyboardist and it becomes downright laughable. This is the underlying problem with "Genesis to Nemesis". There does not seem to be one untalented musician in the band but somehow the chemistry is off. There is this asinine Slaytallica riffage occurring while the drummer seemingly struggles to cram more beats into the gaps. The synth works more like an added bonus, creating a poor man's Cradle of Filth. The vocals are strong and passably dynamic bu tjust add to the frills. Were this band from Bangkok I would gleefully forgive it but it's not.

Before you think I'm an uber -dick for saying all this, there is a seed for future redemption in what I first thought was a cheap shot cover song featuring a well known metal icon. The cover, "Creeping Death" featuring Oderus Urungus from Gwar, seems to show Infernaeon at their most comfortable and the keyboard does its job well. Oderus takes on the meat of the vocals with Brian Werner's guttural effects creating something refreshing, fun and cool....but that's easy with well known cover songs.

The point to this is that if the band wants a thrash skeleton fleshed -out with blackened death that's fine but thrash can achieve the "extreme sound" by itself.  I find there are too many incongruous elements per song like you would find in modern jazz super-group with Bill Cosby and Kenny G. I think it would do the band some good to stay at Gwar's Antarctic Fortress for several months in isolation, away from intrepid influences so that their infernal elements could coalesce into something more cohesive.