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Initiation On The Ordeals Of Lower Vibrations EP

Nuclear War Now! Productions (2015)
Rating: 7.5/10

These Portuguese misfits are a band worth keeping a bloodshot eye on, especially if you enjoy being dragged down into the silted fathoms of harsh blackened, death doom murk. Infra have just been signed to Nuclear War Now! Productions and Initiation On The Ordeals Of Lower Vibrations is their debut two-track seven-inch EP and one which shows a lot of promise.

Okay, so we seem to be inundated with bands of this ilk responsible for primal, sepulchral leanings but one cannot avoid becoming part of the vile family. Again we’re battered by a combo which has masterfully dredged together filthy slower segments and merged them with faster spouts of doomy speed to the point of aural suffocation.

At once humid and cold, Infra belches out a doomy black metal vibe layered in death metal nuances, and so we’re lead into the murky cesspit of ‘Communion’ which literally slams into the chest like a hammer from the depths, coating those vocals in a rough, raw and rancid compost. The chap responsible for these clearly has no throat and I’ve no doubt his larynx is merely constructed of pieces of crusty flesh, bloody bone and shards of metal, because the way he rasps over this brace of cuts is rather terrifying.

Of course, the rest of the band is just to blame for such demonic delights, the best of both worlds being the despicable wraith that is ‘Perversion Of Sulphur’ which unnaturally lives up to its unusual moniker by presenting gloomy percussion that seems to struggle in the stuffiness only to run into the clammy confines of that unbearably humid guitar down. It’s all rather slooowww and wretched, fuzzing and aching only to be accompanied by the ooze of bass and vocal yelps. I can only thank the lord that this single barely runs over ten minutes, but for total hellish fury of crusted slowness and faster, lo-fi harshness then you might as well submit to the frightful pleasures of Infra.

Initiation On The Ordeals Of Lower Vibrations lives up to its title in that the members present discharge a cacophony that could only exist within the deepest plateaus of filth, and for those brave enough this seven-inch EP is the initiation ceremony by which we are judged as to whether we are fit enough to take part. Infra plays downtuned extreme metal that beckons you within its folds and then crushes with all its putrid might.

Neil Arnold

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