“Featuring members of Sarcolytic, Sect Of Execration, Images of Violence, ID and Whore Of Bethelem this is absolutely merciless golden-era Brutal Death coming straight out of Texas!” OK…got that? That’s from the bio that came with INFURIATE’S self-titled debut, out now on Everlasting Spew Records. But ya know what? That’s actually true. There is such piss and vinegar, along with pummeling brutality I can guarantee neck evaluations and MRI’s are being scheduled after hearing these tracks. Sometimes you just need some Brutal Death Metal in your life and that is exactly what these guys deliver over the course of nine songs.
If you don’t believe me go check out “Collective Suffering”, which was a favorite, as well as opener “Juggernaut of Pestilence,” a track that will hoof you in the nuts sure as I’m standing here. The riffage is handled by Jason Garza, who also takes care of lead vocals, and fellow guitarist Steven Watkins. Alan Berryman (bass) and Sterling Junkin (drums) round out this powerhouse quartet and you can definitely hear the cohesiveness of this unit in all of these songs. “Only Pain Remains” is another track that takes a sledgehammer to your windshield while you’re sitting in traffic, oblivious to the world around you.
The Br00tal slams come out in full force for “Matando” and quite frankly if you don’t want to throw something through your living room window shot put-style during this one then I will question you on everything from here on out. “Mori Terrae” reminds me of that sweet moment when you load a full clip into an M-60 and just unload on all the enemy forces in sight. I love this one! Meanwhile “Surrogate” manages to steal the fucking show as THE best track on the whole goddamn thing. “Cannibalistic Gluttony” is a fine closer that will fuck your shit up one last time.
Listen up, people: INFURIATE is fucking for real. That’s not surprising considering they’re from Texas. Those metal bands do it right, make no mistake. This is an excellent first album, and I can’t wait to hear what they do next, schedules permitting. You’ve got pummeling riffs and punishing drums and bass alongside vicious guttural vocals, but at the end of the day they keep it from being cliche. You can pick up your copy of their self-titled debut now wherever it is you fuckers buy your music. And for those of you who already have it, crank the shit out of this bitch, willya??
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Collective Suffering”, “Surrogate”, “Only Pain Remains”, “Matando”, “Juggernaut of Pestilence”