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Released: 2013, Self-released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
After three demos, two full albums and a notable entrance to the metal arena, German power-thrashers InfiNight return with concept EP 'The Vision' to thrust upon UK audiences. Having conquered the Wacken Metal Battle contest in 2006 and secured a place at the legendary festival, as well as having supported Children of Bodom, it's fair to say that optimism doesn't seem an unrealistic expectation when giving the gents their first spin.
Palatable things, I get. Good things, even. Great things? Not quite. To be honest, I'm only stretching to 'good' because I've heard a lot worse. The EP is supposedly about the five stages of grief. Ironically, the listening experience happily compartmentalises these into laziness, lack of innovation, too-safe songwriting, uncreativity and ineffectuality.
The irritating thing is that there's clearly talent banging on the inner walls of a comatose beast; they're proficient musicians at whatever it is that they do (although admittedly, there's nothing mind-bogglingly technical or impressive going on), and they're in both tune and in time. But although there are some power-esque and menacing-sounding drum-patterns and atmospheric melodic moments in filler tracks 'The Passage' and 'Transformation', all in all it's a pretty generic, uninspiring bunch of wet socks.
Now, I'm not trying to be offensive for the sake of it. They look like nice guys, and they're evidently aiming for hybrid heights that rest somewhere between Queensryche and Nevermore. And while they do to an extent achieve a similarity to the former, it's only inasmuch as the tone of Klein's pipes, a cheesy 80s vibe and insubstantial song-writing.
The fact is, it's not terrible; it's just not earth-shatteringly brilliant. They're sound instrumentalists, but it seems as though painting by numbers is all they're willing to do, and tracks are predictable, flat and cut themselves horrifically short after a couple of verse-choruses. The riffs in 'Hideaway' and the title-track could be infinitely more inventive - although it must be said that the latter of these numbers lives on the edge with some high-end vocals that inject a dribble of excitement, and indicate some clout beneath the cauliflower.
InfiNight are neither untalented, nor abominable. But what they have done in The Vision is compile a lackadaisical and boring artifact that doesn't hold many glittering rays of hope for their next full-lengther. If they stretched themselves a bit more, applied themselves to experimentation and innovation and stopped playing safe, they would sound a lot more promising, and could do fairly well.
Review by Rhiannon Marley
02. The Passage
03. A Loss of Love
05. The Vision
Kai Schmidt - Bass
Hendrik "Harry" Reimann - Drums
Dominique Raber - Guitars
Marco Grewenig - Guitars
Martin Klein - Vocals
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