Mental Cruelty
Inferis


3.5
great

Review

by J0ckstrapsFTW USER (6 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2020 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Semi-Fat Deathcore Slamwich

Historically, Deathcore and Slam, are categorized as some of the least innovative genres in metal or music in general. With that being said the statement above is not incorrect in my opinion. However, genre mixing has led to some talented bands being able to separate from the mundane (even horrific) copy and pasting done indiscriminately by other bands, in regards to vocal style, riffs, breakdowns and drum patterns.

Inferis’s strong suits descend from the dark atmosphere presented to the listener. The ambiance that shrouds this album in a constant state of chaos mainly comes from the background tones that lightly add a symphonic, and murky coagulation of inescapable evil. The album art is a subtle queue to the abyssal atmosphere that keeps this album moving from one passing section to the next. Not enough bands capitalize on the use of this extra feature for adding depth to the album for a full bodied approach to the soundscape.

Lyrically this record conflicts with itself due to the inconsistency it has within the songs themselves. The vocal patterns and some of the lyrics are done well but what the lyrics suffer from is a mismatched overall message. What it lacks in consistency in some sections it makes up for in the vocal patterns and the mayhem produced by parts of the lyrical content.

The element that restrains this release from more recognition can be attributed to the overuse of breakdowns. Most phrases use the breakdowns as a crutch to bridge between two separate sections of songs that have little to do with one another. Unfortunately, I found myself wondering why the band didn't spend more focus on the riffs being a more prominent foundation for the album. Inferis shines when the riffs are on the main stage instead of the breakdowns; shifting to half speed consistently and grossly filling up the runtime. Godhunt and Mundus Vult Decipi are two examples of Mental Cruelty using breakdowns correctly as shifts in time signature and adding an extra layer of heavy. When used correctly these songs bash the down-tuned slams through the speakers as a swift and punishing kick to the balls. The result semi-inconsistently is an absolutely monstrous and savagely gruesome bass beat down.

While there is room for improvement, overall I would say that for this genre is one of the better releases objectively. Deathcore peeps need to at least give it a spin. For fans of old school slam this may not be your cup of tea. Keeping in mind that this album is not genre pushing, all that innovative or progressive; spinning this album leads to an enjoyable listen for this correct individual. Overall there are parts that hold this release back from standing at or above other releases in this genre, (Grimoire, Melancholy, etc.) but can be worked out to provide a more consistent release that contests with the titans of this genre.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cheekmaster
May 2nd 2020


4 Comments


I dig it. Pos'd

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2020


3797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Please excuse my other reviews besides Nortlane - Discoveries. Cheers!

Ziggity
May 2nd 2020


1298 Comments


Good review, posd. Don’t think I’ll check this though.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2020


18997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've come close to listening to this album a couple of times, but for one reason or another I never did. One of these days I have to give it a spin. Pos'd

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2020


3797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys. Nice dig vader rules.

godbuster
March 31st 2021


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very underrated record. idk how many times i have blasted Mundus Vult Decipi. Great Album.

Pikazilla
May 30th 2021


30399 Comments


New album is great

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2021


18997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's solid. Great solos

Get Low
June 3rd 2021


14375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Someone review the new one

Get Low
June 16th 2021


14375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

New album stomps, jesus christ

hiddenGato19
March 23rd 2023


48 Comments


shit posting my own review. hopefully I have not offended due to rating system. Sputnik meta means I have to be more objective even if I spin the record a ton. I had this on vinyl and I listened to god hunt like it was my yob

Pikazilla
June 23rd 2023


30399 Comments


new one slaps as hard as hill

loving the band's direction

Get Low
June 24th 2023


14375 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

embarrassing comments above by me, the band is boring, the sound is outplayed at this point



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