Released: 2004, Galy Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The legendary Canadian Thrash Metal band Infernäl Mäjesty lost Chay McMullen and Kevin Harrison in 2001. They also sort of lost trust in their previous label Hypnotic Records that released the infernal camp´s previous album UNHOLIER THAN THOU as long ago as 1996. I honestly thought the band had come to the end of their road. The band seemed to have too many setbacks on their stony path to get songs together for their long-awaited 3rd album titled ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH. So I thought this album would remain the last for them. But I have to say I´m glad that I have no skills to predict the future; not for Infernäl Mäjesty anyway. After a little search, Eric Budreuil (for bass) and Kris DeBoer (for drums) were finally hired to complete the unholy line-up of Infernäl Mäjesty and the band was ready to enter Profile Sound Studios to record 8 new songs for their 3rd full-length album ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH which was just recently sent to me by one of the band´s original guitarists (thanks a lot Kenny!).
First of all, I guess I need to make clear that this new album from these pioneers of fine Canadian Thrash Metal is not a sequel to the band´s classic debut album NONE SHALL DEFY (originally on Roadrunner Records in 1987; re-release on Displeased Records in 1996 with two bonus tracks). So everyone who has been hoping and expecting a similar sounding album musically, better bury your hopes right there. ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH is not even that much a clear and calculated sequel to the band´s quite highly critically acclaimed (both positive - and negative sense of the word) follow-up album UNHOLIER THAN THOU even if it´s still fair to say that ONE POINTS TO DEATH doesn´t differ that much from UNHOLIER... as one might except in the first place. Some certain musical ingredients that somehow could be considered only Infernäl Mäjesty´s privileged and private property can actually be drawn out from both of these two albums as some familiar similarities are quite possessive and dominating on both of these two albums for sure. Most of the credits for some of these musical similarities between ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH and UNHOLIER THAN THOU, can be thrown to the direction of the band´s killer guitar duo Kenny Hallman and Steve Terror whose riffs are nothing, but a very entertaining to follow and simply enjoy as this certain type of an effortless and natural flow of their riff-wizardry has a strong, trademark´ish Infernäl Mäjesty –vibe (Read: Even a pretty damn ´slayerish´ if you dare to ask from me!) stamped all over the songs on the band´s somewhat distinct sound. And I fuckin´ love it... every bit of it! F.ex. an opening riff in “Honey Tongue of Satan”, the 4th song on the album, brings Slayer nearly immediately to my mind which cannot be that bad a thing by any means, being a huge Slayer fan that I have always been. Moreover, the whole band has always relied on nasty and catchy old-school Thrash riffs, great hooks and stuff, and I strongly admire the decision of these fellows to stick with all that stuff what has always felt natural and fit best for them as far as the band´s familiar sound is concerned. Most of the time Infernäl Mäjesty manage to sound like a very vintage sounding Thrash Metal band on ONE POINTS TO DEATH which is a damn great thing in my opinion. They sound like a band which could have been ripped straight from the ´80s and in which some parts of their sound have been metamorphosed and mixed with some elements from the 90´s Death Metal territory. This can be witnessed f.ex. by the help of an increasing amount of blast beats on this new, infernally loveable album, but also the band´s vocalist Chris “Christifer” Bailey uses a fair amount of more Death Metal grunts in his voice than he has ever done before thus far. All that makes ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH Infernäl Mäjesty´s most brutal, heaviest and most Death Metallic album to date even if they never cross this certain thin line between Thrash – and Death Metal that determinedly and convincingly enough that they could belong purely to one of these two categories in question. I´m really just fine with this more ´deathrashing´ sound of these Canadian Metal pioneers. I even have guts to claim they will probably never return back to the roots of always so brilliant NONE SHALL DEFY album…but they still remain clearly as one of the best Thrash (/Death) Metal bands around these days and ONE WHO POINTS TO DEATH only hacks this fact deeper into a surface of once-written Heavy Metal books.
It took 6 long years from their previous album UNHOLIER THAN THOU to get ONE POINTS TO DEATH released, but I don´t hesitate to say it was damn worth waiting for. Essential stuff... damn right, my fellow Thrash – and Death bangers!