Infant Annihilator
The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch


2.2
poor

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
July 30th, 2016 | 526 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A big middle finger for anyone who cares to look.

Hurling vitriol at Infant Annihilator and expecting it to resonate is a fool’s errand; they’re the musical equivalent of that kid in primary school who shot paper wasps at the teacher’s behind when she wasn’t looking, then with a shit-eating grin would point at the person sitting next to them. The kid was totally insufferable, but you couldn’t help but be impressed at how he would get a bulls-eye from across the room without fail. He was so good at what he did you could’ve sworn that among the Swastikas and crudely-drawn genitalia throughout his notebook were aeronautical formulas. You’re not the only one to have pondered what he could’ve achieved if he applied himself, but don’t bother, because nobody knows and nobody will.

Infant Annihilator’s attitude echoes that of the errant classroom marksman to a tee. They’re technically gifted and probably a fair bit smarter than they let on, but they revel in pissing off those who tell them they can do so, so much better. I can’t fault them at how they play their game; the scorn that they cop from their detractors is so potent that you’d think their moniker isn’t actually tongue-in-cheek. However, behind said cheek is still a product: their sophomore album, The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch. Regrettably, without the comical homo-eroticism of their videos as an accompaniment, the music here becomes exceedingly tiresome. Aaron Kitcher’s electric drum kit is only a tad more tolerable than on the band’s debut, with particular emphasis on that statement’s relativism. The guy can play, no doubt, but I can only be so rapt with inhumanly-paced double-kicks and gravity blasts when the sensation is akin to that of a pneumatic drill to the head, so to speak.

One token of solace is that guitarist Eddie Pickard has improved out of sight, notwithstanding some questionable creative decisions on the part of him and his bandmates. “Unholy Gravebirth” has a Meshuggah-esque bout of machismo; the explosive tremolo riff in the first verse of “Crucifilth” aptly sets the stage for the rest of the song, else it would lack rhyme and reason; “Soil the Stillborn” remains the album’s highlight by shirking the band’s chuggier approach for something that is almost blackened by comparison. These moments are few and far between though, as the rest of the album is still filled to the brim with clichés from metal’s most maligned incarnations; even the aforementioned tremolo sequences are smothered by Kitcher’s incessant double-bass. Throw in Dickie Allen’s omnipresent vocals, which fall somewhere in between those of Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan and a rabid Pomeranian, and what we have is an album that immediately wears on your patience but for a handful of saving graces.

The appeal of The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch stems almost entirely from the irreverence of its creators, which is a convenient means of self-vindication in this scenario, I guess. Why is there a 17-minute song in the middle of the album, you ask" Because, fuck you. Now, if this modus operandi is what you look for above everything else as a listener, then Infant Annihilator’s latest offering may well be your poison. If not, save your time.



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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2016


3234 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Being the voice of dissent is a bitch sometimes.



Stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLrNGD4nGiM

Spec
July 30th 2016


35667 Comments


why is the entire band description in bold

ElegantElephant
July 30th 2016


1391 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this band and its members have never fallen off the edgy xDDD train

Gyromania
July 30th 2016


26794 Comments


their band name is aggressively terrible

Space Jester
July 30th 2016


6048 Comments


Friend at work recently mentioned to me that this album was dropping. I'm going to give it a spin but I'm not really looking forward to it after this review.

AsleepInTheBack
July 30th 2016


5951 Comments


Love this review

Nocturnalize
July 30th 2016


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so good and Dickie Allen has become the best death metal vocalist around

Dmax28
July 30th 2016


499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amazing album, and I don't really like deathcore.

Totengott
July 30th 2016


4224 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Love this review [2].

SIIMBOLIC
July 30th 2016


1328 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

top review jaccy boy. Some of those analogies were brilliant

Dmax28
July 30th 2016


499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish I was cool enough that the equivalent of me not applying myself was the creation of this album.

Spec
July 30th 2016


35667 Comments


"fear the cock of your master"

okay great im out

adr
July 30th 2016


12005 Comments


lmao great review

emester
July 30th 2016


8252 Comments


How

How does that average even coexist alongside this record.

Space Jester
July 30th 2016


6048 Comments


Look at the soundoffs and prepare to cry.

Listening to this now and I have to say that the review is spot-on. Very little to take away from this.

SIIMBOLIC
July 30th 2016


1328 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i dont think ill ever have the energy to sit through an infant annihilator record

p4p
July 30th 2016


1959 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

damn almost fell asleep while listening to this. 11 minutes in and the usain bolt style double kick reminds of sleep inducing binaural beats that i listened in YT months ago.

likeshad0ws
July 30th 2016


88 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

band is South Park deathcore

SIIMBOLIC
July 30th 2016


1328 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^^^ nailed it hard pos

TVC15
July 30th 2016


9926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Review is as good as this album



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