Trippy Metal! Infernal Wrath’s Inside of Me.

Infernal Wrath is Mumbai based band. This fact alone makes me regret the fact that I’m not from that city. This band blew me away with its amazingly ethnic and naturally extreme soundscape.

“Inside of Me” is a treat to listen to, in one go. So many textures and so many variations in the span of about an hour, this album is what I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. When I say that, I mean the sound, the nature of this album. Being publically advertised as influenced by Indian Classical and World music, this band has done justice to bringing that sound immaculately into this production.

This album has all the elements of this grind meets black genre, but then it is sprinkled with stilted yet unexpected classical signatures with instruments ranging from the sitar to the cello (or at least that’s what it sounds like in The Swordbearer). This Forever Lasting Journey surprised me with a piano solo of the kinds of current trends of New Age artists. I definitely did not anticipate this, knowing full well that this is was self-proclaimed experimental undertaking.   Not highly intricate or of multiple layers but quite the atmosphere creator.

I’d say this album deserves the shelf of those who like a trip and do not just stick to Dubstep or Floyd while enjoying that buzz. I would’ve love to proclaim it as inspired by Indian culture, but I guess we’re not there yet. But this album and this band definitely has made quite a leap down that particular road. Up-coming bands should take a leaf out of Wrath’s book and see how well classical could gel with Scandinavian extremes.

Having said enough about the production and its diversity and concentrating more on the efforts by the band members, I’ll say it’s a decent job done. Work done on the keys was layered and the sampler used efficiently and quite successfully maintained the ethereal feel in the album. The riffage is memorable with my favourite being Inside of Me and Behold Ezekiel. Drums were actually overshadowed with the shear variety portrayed here.

Vocals I did not like, at least not while it was being delivered in the guttural manner typical of earlier death metal artists. It was too heavy for the patches used and quite the ambience-killer. But here too was an exception, were it was spot on in the track At the Foothills of Palestine.

I found this album quite a welcome change and for a debut album of this sorts, this band is what you need to keep a track of.



Be’lakor- Stone’s Reach

One of the few good productions from Australia that I’ve come across, Stone’s Reach is Be’lakor’s second attempt at getting the whole melodeath sound. And in a way they have succeeded.

For a guy who would’ve started out with the likes of Insomnium and Amon Amarth, this album would definitely be a treat. This album has all the elements of good melodic death-esque music, everything but the publicity. I came across this band at some random forum and was shocked that they aren’t big, because they have the patterns and the styles typical of commercial bands.

Not underground material definitely. But then again, band of this genre are more often than not dead before they start, unless they hit the jackpot with some big label. Currently they are signed with Kolony Records.

About the album itself, I can easily sum it up as similar to the last two Insomnium albums, production wise. Vocals

are quite similar, and the tones and patches used are deeper but the general sketches of the tracks are identical. Except that this band likes to create an atmosphere with the occasional pauses and then ascending into the choruses or verses. But then again it is equally powerful and catchy.

This production would also fall into the category of those that grow on you. The first time I got my hands on it, my reaction was kind of like what I have said earlier, rip off, nothing different. But then somehow I kept reverting back to it. Now “From Scythe to Sceptre” refuses leave my head. Brilliantly laid out tracks and soothing enough and yet with such varying soundscapes. It wouldn’t let you fall in to reverie without a clue as to when the album began and when it ended. Riffs you would remember and beats that stick, this album is thankfully not retrograded unlike most of the new material that is coming out (and possibly responsible for the slow demise of this genre). The unseen pro of not having a big label hold you up possibly. Either way for a melodic death fanatic, this album is definitely worth it. For those who aren’t too enthusiastic check them out here and realise what this genre is about.

Their previous album “The Frail Tide” was a rawer production, would talk about that one sometime later.

As for this album a 7/10 would be apt.