Released: 2007, Self-released
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
It´s been no less than almost 4 years since the Canadian thrashers got their 3rd full-length album out, titled ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH. The band´s latest offering, a 6-track EP called DEMON GOD, is actually some sort of a teaser for the fans about their forthcoming stuff to come, which they have basically been selling in their gigs for a reasonable price. The EP contains 4 demo versions for their forthcoming album SYSTEMATICAL EXTERMINATION (which will be re-recorded as I was told by Kenny Hallman himself) - plus, you also get a couple of remakes of two classic Infernäl Mäjesty songs ("S.O.S." and "Skeletons in the Closet") that feature some special guests in them.
So, anyone who has eagerly been waiting for a new album from these Canadian thrash masters, have to wait for a little longer, I´m afraid. I happen to know, waiting fuckin´ kills, but that´s what you gotta do - for now at least.
This self-financed ´demo-EP´ from this infamous Canadian thrash camp starts off with "Burnt Beyond Recognition", which has some heavy Slayer-inspired riffs in the beginning of the song ´til it starts to reach some of those Infernäl Mäjesty trademark-ish elements that are typical for their dark and evil thrash. This is a good I.M. tune - and this relatively young fellow named Brian Langley on vocals, who replaced Chris Bailey after ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH, truly spits his guts out a really convincing way. More of a thick thrash steam comes out from the Infernäl Mäjesty machine in "Systematical Extermination", which sets my hopes somewhat high about their next album. The song simply offers a nice blend of wicked, evil and aggressive thrash in-yer-face style, no more and no less. "Crusade" comes in next, but is only an ´okay-ish´ effort from them. Not a particularly bad tune, but not that good a song either. It´s probably a less wicked song by the standards of Infernäl Mäjesty than what we are used to hearing from them before.
And talking more about some pure wickedness, then we have got a song called "Nation of Assassins" in here, too. How much more sheer wickedness can one get into one song? The song just rips the listener´s ear drums to pieces - and if there are any similar songs from Infernäl Mäjesty along the lines of this particular song style-wise, then we can also get prepared for a huge thrash album from these long-running Canadian thrash masters. "Nation of Assassins" will hopefully work out as some sort of a road sign about the rest of the material what´s to come from their direction on their next album...
The remake of "S.O.S". also sounds kind of cool, sung by George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher from Cannibal Corpse. It´s kinda funny also how well his ´bellowing bull´ vocal style does match with the music of the song. Anyway, "Skeleton in the Closet" is better out of these 2 remakes in my opinion because I find Chris´ (from Zimmers Hole) aggressive, black metal shrieks really fitting to the song. His vocals definitely give an extra load of aggression to this classic Infernäl Mäjesty song in question, so you´d better to check it out by yourself in order to be convinced about it yourself, too.
As said previously, DEMON GOD may be kind of a hard-to-get item to find, so I can only recommend you to go to their gigs as they have used to sell this ´EP´ in their gigs mostly. It´s absolutely worth picking up as this release will surely remain as a very limited thing, I believe.