It was really
a smart idea of guitarist and temporary bassist Enrico's to form a new
band after Braindead split. The new incarnation has already given birth
to a 300 copy MCD and that's the first CD, though the songs are at least
5 years old and it is said the new songs are faster and more diversified.
If you adore the old school of Death metal, you should welcome this
record to your collection, thanks to songs such as "Claustrophobia",
an energetic piece in which Cannibal Corpse, Cryptic Slaughter and Groove
metal all find a place, blending the German-fashioned Death metal and
Thrash, or "Gesichter", based on insuperable bass lines,
an annihilating central riff and rotten vocals. This song is probably
the highlight, pushed to the top by dissonant riffs that render it heterogenous
and very involving.
The other songs seem a bit too devoted to US Death but they turn out
to be pleasant after some listens. We have "Dream Master",
a ferocious wedding between Cannibal Corpse and Deeds of Flesh; not
original but the refrain is a cut above. The short "I Will Kill
You" starts with a psycho intro, and is influenced by Judecca
and similar cult bands, "Napalm Death" is another mincing
machine with some of the most wicked vocals of the platter.
"Untergang" is made interesting by the slowdowns as
well as the marvellous high/middle vocals opposed to the growl, and
the perfect entwinings guitar/drums. My ears ejaculate whenever I play
this song with the subwoofer emphasizing the compressed low sounds!
Death blasts galore and an impressive break are enclosed in "Power",
a piece reminding of their fellow countrymen Apophis because of the
way the acoustical arpeggio is placed and the following part of the
The modern Grind of Nyctophobic and Grind Inc. meets Cannibal Corpse
in "Cancer" and "Crash", the latter
boasting a middle structure transforming suffering into musical art,
while "Frozen Stiff" is not only Groove metal and Grind;
it contains a good solo and a break vaguely alà Nile. It would
be very useful to keep developing the opportunities granted by the fact
of having two guitars like it was done here.
The composition where the abilities of drummer Carsten Fenske are best
shown in the title track, Cannibal Corpse-ruled one more time, but this
time there's also room for an unexpected portion rented by Devourment,
ensuring the song the palm of most brutal episode.
The remaining songs are "What I Am", a rapid concoction
of Regurgitation, Morbid Angel and Prostitute Disfigurement with fairly
morbid final riffs and axe solo, and a 25-second hidden track in the
vein of C.S.S.O; nothing special actually but not even a victory.
The main fault of this album resides in the lack of personality during
90% of the time. Infected Brain are old enough to gain our consideration
and respect, as they have proven they can play and arrange well, yet
they need more effectiveness in their songwriting to be noticed among
the many releases. The recording is not bad but one can hear it is self-made,
therefore a professional studio would be ideal next time. Of course
consumers of Death metal devoid of shameful contaminations are advised
to give more than one serious listen to the Borne guys.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 20th August 2006