Review Summary: Another day, another melodic death metal band.
The melodic death metal scene is huge. Nowadays, a band must try to be different if they hope to make it inside such a genre otherwise they will just get lost within the hundreds of other bands that just settled on playing the genre the easy, generic way.
So, do Infernal Tenebra manage to distinguish themselves within this ever growing genre" I think you can all tell by the rating that the answer is no. Unless they change the way they play their style, Infernal Tenebra will be doomed to join the countless metal bands that never made it because they never stood out.
What this band suffers most from is exactly that. They don’t try anything new. They settle on playing their style. They don’t try to perfect the style; they don’t try to push the limit. They just settle on sounding like a dozen other bands and end up putting together a bland album.
The singing on the album is very bland. The singer uses a mid-range raspy kind of scream and sticks to it the length of the album. He shows no emotion while singing and has a very small range which overall makes his voice very tiresome, almost to the point of being annoying by the end of the album. A very minimal amount of clean singing is used on the album(I believe it is only present at the beginning of Stealers of Life
). The singer's clean voice sounds pretty good for the most part falters a bit near the end of the part.
The guitarist plays his instrument well but needs some work on the creativity level. Although he churns out many fast, melodic riffs throughout the album, a few places left me wondering if I had heard this somewhere else before. Since there is just one guitarist the album is always divided between just lead guitar or just rhythm guitar. Many of the leads sound empty and don’t hold the crushing power most metalheads crave. The guitarist still has his moments. The title track does not suffer at all from having only one guitar and the album has a few memorable riffs sprinkled here and there.
The drumming on the album is solid but barely. He keeps time very well but has almost no originality whatsoever. He relies on playing fast and including lots of blast beats like too many drummers in today’s metal scene. You won’t find ANY interesting fills or beats on this album.
The production on the album is pretty good considering the band is still unsigned. Everything is clearly audible(except the bass of course) but still keeping a slightly gritty sound. Pretty fitting for the style they play. One of the best parts of the album.
Overall, for a new band, Infernal Tenebra show some potential but they need to try harder with their music and take some risks. A second guitarist is a must to make their music sound stronger and fuller and a new member could also bring new ideas to help push this band in a new, more original direction.
People that are just getting into the genre could very well enjoy this because it stays well within the confines of the genre and doesn’t try anything to be different. But to seasoned listeners this will just come off as another generic, disposable melodic death metal band.