Mass Extinction Requiem I
Reviewed By Rod Whitfield
These Tassie devils have obviously taken pretty solid cues from their fellow Taswegians Psycroptic. Such comparisons are inevitable when you play tech death and you hail from the Apple Isle (and this EP was even produced by Psycroptic guitarist Joe Haley), but Infernal Outcry are forging their musical own path at the same time.
For starters, they are female-fronted, which is a fantastic point of difference for this band, and the paint-stripping vocals of Liana Eriksen could give Angela Gossow a run for her money.
This band’s approach to the complicated tech-death sound is entirely convincing and credible. They certainly have the instrumental and song-writing chops to pull the style off with seemingly effortless aplomb. This EP is four lengthy tracks featuring myriad twists and turns and much calculated mayhem and technical ferocity. Haley’s production is sharp as a brand new axe and gives this band’s intense music the life, edge, and clarity it needs.
There is a moment during opening track "Eclipsed", a melodic interlude that soars momentarily to the heavens, and leads into some very sweet lead guitar work. Personally, as a fan of ‘melody and dynamics in the metal’, I would have loved to hear a little more of this across the course of the EP to break up the otherwise relentlessly dirty vocals and general technical brutality. Unfortunately, for me, this type of soaring melody does not return. Hopefully when this band does a full length album, they will spread their musical wings and stray even further into this type of melodic territory, to give them an anthemic, fist-pumping quality in amongst the blistering technicality.
All up, this EP is an excellent and very confident beginning for this band. They are obviously brimming with ideas, so a full-length should be next to allow them to truly wind out and show the world what they can do.