Infernäl Mäjesty - No God

Infernäl Mäjesty - No God

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(CD/LP, High Roller, 2017)

In the middle of the 'new album release' storm, albums like this one pop up and make you wonder ‘where this band has been’. You see, INFERNÄL MÄJESTY stepped out of the studio silence after more than a decade, since the release of “One Who Points To Death” that happened in 2004. I have no idea if the band was in a hiatus or was in a frozen state, but what is definitely a reality is the release of the new LP, “No God”. In case you are thinking that this LP will be just an excuse to bring another '80s band out of a dusty drawer then, know right now that “No God” is a crushing album, and let me tell you why.

The first thing you’ll taste upon dropping the needle on the wax of “No God” is the overwhelming evil atmosphere wrapped around the '80s Thrash delivered by the Canadians in the amazing “Enter The World Of The Undead”. If this was the product of a young band, I’d probably call it as blackened Thrash but what really this is is the type of Thrash SLAYER were playing during the “Show No Mercy” golden era. The main difference here is that INFERNÄL MÄJESTY are offering more complex song structures with many layers which will definitely require more listenings to reach, and that is because there is no much time to think when headbanging hard. Chris’ vocals are deep and borderline growling (you can still understand what he is saying) being the perfect vehicle for what the lyrics are delivering. The slower “In God You Trust” with the amazing bass sound will challenge your speakers, while the main riff (killer stuff) will wake some German Thrash memories touching upon the first DESTRUCTION days. What is also amazing is how well this album fits the atmosphere of the band’s debut LP, “None Shall Defy”, but this should not be taken as ‘trying to sound like the old days’. This is because the album sounds current and not nostalgic at all, meaning that INFERNÄL MÄJESTY have put fresh fuel in their tanks.

It may be just my old ears but the intro of “Another Day In Hell” gives me some TIAMAT goosebumps (of the “Clouds” kind) before opening the Thrash flood gates with the rhythm guitars and the main riff with a “Mandatory Suicide” twist. Chris’ growling will make the hair on the back of your neck to stand up before throwing you to the closest mosh-pit for the rest. An easy pick from the first LP spins is the title track; the way the tempo is changing from the snare-drum blasting parts to the bass driven chorus and then to the riff based explosions will quench your thirsty for Thrash, no questions asked. The technical twist during the guitar solo is also there to showcase how work was put in the making of this album. I mean, it would be just a shame to scratch the surface of “No God” by lightly listening to what INFERNÄL MÄJESTY have put together because you’ll miss all those details that make a huge difference. After all, the devil is in the details, right? Yeah, dig deep into “Extinction Level Event”, enjoy to the max the basslines and get a hearty taste of the evilness the lyrics are delivering via Chris’ singing from the deepest well of hell. Oh my, the parts where the lead guitar takes a step forward are amazing and prep the way for the snare-drum Thrash breaks. The way this song closes the album with the guitar solo and bass handling the rhythm part is a killer.

You can try as hard as you want but you’ll fail to find a single weakness in this solid piece of Thrash delivered by INFERNÄL MÄJESTY. It sounds like there was no time gap in the band’s history, since this album continues where the last one (or should I say debut?) had stopped years ago, and that’s a huge achievement on its own. Invest with eyes closed but with ears wide open on this one.

P.S.: “House Of War” was released in 2016 as a 7”.

10/10


Links:

www.InfernalMajesty.Com
www.FaceBook.Com/InfernalMajestyOfficial
www.Twitter.Com/Satanical


Tracklist:

01. Enter The World Of The Undead
02. In God You Trust
03. Signs Of Evil
04. Another Day In Hell
05. No God
06. Kingdom Of Heaven
07. Nation Of Assassins
08. Systematical Extermination
09. Extinction Level Event


Lineup:

Christopher Bailey - Vocals
Kenny Hallman - Guitar
Steve Terror - Guitar
Daniel Nargang - Bass
Kiel Wilson - Drums