Infestus
E x | I s t


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
March 5th, 2012 | 20 replies | 2,106 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Exploring Insanity.

Infestus from Germany provides listeners with a typical black metal sound but adds a heightened sense of atmosphere to ensure the listeners satisfaction. Ex Ist is both heavy and melodic (two features that could be said for almost any band in and out of the genre) but between the combination of Infestus’ raw sound and darkened, unsettling atmosphere there is a message that is well received by the listener and for the most part will see them coming back for more. Ex Ist makes for an enjoyable listen both in concept and instrumentally. Each component is from the mind of the (now) only member of the band, Andras written almost three years before the album’s release date.

Infestus may have all the makings of a rather generic, one man black metal project, but it’s the concept and the execution of the fundamentals that sees Ex Ist succeed where other records may fail. Without looking at a broader or complete view of Ex Ist listeners may overlook the fact that this is a quality release. It’s understandable; plodding chordal structures, rather generic vocals, a concept of instability that backed by a melodically dissonant atmosphere. The album for the most part screams ‘done-before’ or ‘sounds like everything else in the genre’ but listeners need to focus on the individuality of the instruments sound then combine these thoughts onto a grand scale where almost everything complements the mood of the record. Ex Ist is in no way an “album of the year”, there are some features that do bring down the overall flow of the album. Problems with timing and the transitions at the end of structural phrasing give listeners a choppy effect that removes a lulling sense the album creates and wakes the listeners to the records subtle flaws.

Instrumentally, the album is acceptable. No particular instrument stands out with a mind-blowing display of technicality. Everything is done rather simply, and here simply is done well. The guitar solos may be few and far between but when used the effect is in no way diminished by an overuse of technique but instead shows a focus on melody and reinforcing the album’s atmospheric qualities. Not only does displays Andras’ sense of timing but also a lack of creative ideas clashing giving listeners a more focused and balanced sound.

Going into more depth into the album’s concept it’s semi-important to state the last records was a focus on extending the last seconds of human life beyond the point that was necessary. Whilst this time around the concept is not particularly that morbid, a darker concept nature is still prevalent. Ex Ist follows schizophrenic behaviours and that of the minds of the insane. Andras pulls his own torments and experiences and adds them lyrically to tracks which are reinforced by that aforementioned atmosphere where the dissonant and minor keys really shine through making the album a trip through the world of insanity.

Overall, Andras’ vision leads to a remarkably solid album. Based on a concept built from insanity, Ex Ist resonates loudly in the ears of the listener without overdoing any particular feature. Contrasting between up-tempo riffage and somewhat tranquil melodic minor passages Ex Ist makes for a highly reccomendable listen, with a focused concept.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


I have sputnik to thank for this, however I don't know the actual source of this rec.

Tyrael
March 5th 2012



20742 Comments


Yeah this rules

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


Sup' Tyrae

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


Good spot, didn't see that on the look over or edit. I'll make plans to fix it in the morning. As for the album, definately worth a shot if you're into this kind of stuff.

lobby
March 5th 2012



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

can't remember this. prob not a 4

Tyrannic
March 5th 2012



3261 Comments


i like your tone. like, you're a professor of black metal or something.

pos'd.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


Hmm, a neg. Thanks tyr although I don't know what you mean by that ill take it.

Tyrannic
March 5th 2012



3261 Comments


"Instrumentally, the album is acceptable. No particular instrument stands out with a mind-blowing display of technicality."

this is a good example of what i mean. by tone i mean the style of your english. like, if dev wrote this review, this sentence would be completely different, yet still say the same thing.

i just liked how straight-forward you were, that's all.

oh and that neg is bs

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


i just liked how straight-forward you were, that's all.

Funnily enough, eloquence is not really how i'll ever write a review. Cause when I do I come off sounding like a massive douche, so I'll stick with this style just because it makes so much sense to.



Eclecticist
March 5th 2012



3863 Comments


love this album, good review, pos

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


Thanks man, glad I could treat you to a positive review.

Eclecticist
March 5th 2012



3863 Comments


yea | m/

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


Now i just gotta figure out what's next.

TheSpirit
March 5th 2012



17209 Comments


lol professor of black metal

decent review though, better than your last one

Digging: vhmnt / blsphm - vhmnt / blsphm

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2012



6942 Comments


lol professor of black metal

That wasn't of my making Spirit,


TheSpirit
March 5th 2012



17209 Comments


i know

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 6th 2012



6942 Comments


Did you like the album spirit?

Pr0nogo
March 7th 2012



373 Comments


Your reviews have been slowly declining in worth and quality. You need to explain more. They lack.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 9th 2012



6942 Comments


@Pronogo, explain, for a while now I have been moving away from my original writing style to make sure each review I write doesn't look simply copy & pasted.

You need to explain more.

Just using this review as an example; me thinks you need to actually read it first.

Pr0nogo
March 10th 2012



373 Comments


You seem to be attempting to describe things on an objective-subjective level, as opposed to an aural level. Try to describe things closer to 'what does this sound like' whether that's in relation to other bands or in relation to this band's past sounds. It's good to reference both, if you can. Having subjective terms is fine, but you need to make the actual connection. It's imperative.

There are plenty of other issues, but I'm leaving some of them for you to find out.



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