Review Summary: From a forgettable venture to a thrilling experience that's well worth your time.The End of an Era (Rebirth)
is a complete re-recording of an album by Nashville based technical death metal band Inferi that was seen as an afterthought back when that album was initially released. The project was definitely rough around the edges, with a rough sounding mix; and not an all that impressive vocalist to boot. Upon listening to the original recording of The End of an Era
, one could tell that (although work was definitely needed) the album showed a ton of promise right out of the gate. Fantastic fretwork and the drumming was totally on point, extremely high energy. But that's really all it had going for it, the production was really low quality, to the point were the mix physically tarnished the value of some of the tracks.
, the re-recording of an album that sorely needed a facelift. Coming hot off of their incredible third album Revenant
; there was no way this could fail, and oh how right I was with that notion. The first single entitled Forged in the Phlegethon
kicks you in the face, curb stomps you to the ground, picks you up; and kicks you in the face some more. Listening to the original recording, one could only expect how the re-recording would sound. "It won't make the album that much better right?", nope, this album is not only better; but it may very well be the best project that Inferi has made to date (and slaying Revenant
is not an easy task). The mixing is perfection, from the drumming; to the crystal clear guitar leads and riffs, not to mention the bass playing is just as prominent of a role as the guitars do.
The re-recording as a whole is a portrayal of absolute technical death metal mastery and is better than the original recording in every way. It's grandiose; empowered; enraged; enthralling. I've seen some gripe about the drum mixing particularly on the snare, but I have to politely disagree. The snare sounds great in my personal opinion, especially during blast beat sections, the tight snare means the blasts are incredibly precise, and so SO incredibly precise at that... did I mention the drumming is pinpoint precise? CAUSE IT IS.
If you've heard any Inferi material you would know the technical prowess of this group is almost inhuman like in the fretwork, and drum skills. Guitar solos not only melt your face off, but they are also incredibly catchy. Don't be surprised to randomly hear a guitar lick from this album in your head one day and it will make you want to listen to it again for the hundredth time (CAUSE IT WILL HAPPEN). Bass is just as impressive as the guitar work and equally melts your face off. I feel myself getting blisters just listening to some of these bass licks, and especially the bass solo on The Warriors Infinite Opus
(god bless this beautiful bass playing maestro).
The same vocalist that featured on the recent Equipoise project also provided vocal duties on this album, and I have to say his performance here is even better than it was on the Equipoise record. He adds so much character to the cuts, so much aggression; not to mention the lyrics alone are poetic glory. From his beastly lows to his high shrieks; he is incredibly well rounded, and a perfect fit for Inferi's vocal duties. Quite comparable to Trevor from Black Dahlia, but dare I say; in some portions, he may have trumped Trevor in his performance (sorry Trevor), he seriously outdid himself with this record.
After thorough dissection of this record, I only see minor complaints that prevent it from being a perfect score. Tracks such as A New Breed of Savior
or The Endless Siege
aren't really pushing the envelope in any meaningful way, the tracks seem like somewhat of a retread of the best tracks here Quest for the Trinity
. Nonetheless, a fantastic and thrilling venture despite those criticisms; that was once "just another tech-death album" prevails over its competition with its incredible sense of melody; soul-crushing riffs, and incredibly solid songwriting.