We all know the stories and the history of the brutal, Satan-loving genre that is Black Metal. From Gaahl’s famous interview of sipping wine and hailing Satan, to the sad ending’s of Mayhem members Dead and Euronymous, one thing that has remained a staple in Black Metal is the low production, almost screeching quality of the music. While bands like Behemoth have evolved from the not-so-humble beginnings of Black Metal, a lot of the genre’s bands have chosen to stick to their roots, planted by the forefathers and pioneers, of gritty, low-quality and undeniably evil music.
Infernal Coil are definitely one of those bands that have chosen to stick to their roots and maintain that “trve” Black Metal sound with their debut sacrificial offering Within a World Forgotten, and although I do respect their decision to pay homage to their idols, my personal opinion is that sticking to that old, low production sound is outdated, especially in Black Metal. A lot of bands these days within the genre, such as Dark Funeral, Marduk and Satyricon have opted to take the better production route and has worked in their favour.
That being said, Infernal Coil do have great variety in their musicianship and were able to develop their own atmosphere throughout Within a World Forgotten. The (almost) 10 minute journey of a track that is “49 Suns” begins with pulverizing blast beats, daunting riffs, captivating guitar leads and evil vocals that will leave many listeners and fans running to put on their corpse paint. While setting an eerie tone early on, the band utilizes its use of rests in their music, only to come back at full blast and continue the violence. Half way through the song however, it takes on an atmospheric and calmer side, letting their use of minor chords and progression tell a story of being lost, abandoned and cold, wishing for death. The fact that they’ve managed to paint a very detailed picture just through the use of ambience and chord progression tells me that the members have a lot of talent when it comes to musicianship, and if they utilized this form of ambience more often, they could definitely be on their way to being the next big thing in Black Metal.
Another track that stands out on Within a World Forgotten is the closing track, “In Silent Vengeance.” Along with “49 Suns”, the track utilizes more of the ambient overtones throughout the album while also having the blast beats and fast riffing, giving themselves variety where it’s needed. The instruments work together perfectly to tell a captivating tale of vengeance, and create an imagery in your mind; easily one of the rarest features to be found in music in this day and age. The creaking over the music in some sections and the ambience towards the end of the album allow you to breathe after going through 40 minutes of pulverizing guitars, screeching vocals and machine-gun-like blast beats.
The debut offering by Infernal Coil’s lead single “Crusher of the Seed” does work as a sneak peek of what the album has to offer, and works as the perfect single; not the best song on the album, not the worst song on the album, but a song that truly foreshadows the album’s overtones, ferocity and abruptness. Like with most tracks on the album, it kicks off straight into violent riffing and grinding drums, showing their fans and newcomers alike that they don’t mess around. “Crusher of the Seed” also presents a lot of variety, with slower riffs and doomy drum beats, insane drum fills and a spoken word section that keeps the villainous, wicked and malevolent eeriness set at the beginning of the track.
Although the band doesn’t necessarily bring anything new to the table with Within a World Forgotten, Infernal Coil debut offering does a fantastic job at emulating the old “Trve Kvlt” Black Metal sound, made popular by the forefathers of the genre. Especially because of their musicianship, authenticity and ghostliness setting, you bet I’ll be hanging onto my seat for their next release.
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