Reviewed: September 2018
Released: 2018, Prosthetic Records
Reviewer: Jacob Ovington
Infera Bruo is a New England based black metal band featuring members of TrapThem, Cul de Sac and Pillory. Cerement is their latest album to be released.
The album opens with ambient sound effects, which create a sense of emptiness and evokes being deep in the Arctic with bone-chillingly cold winds sweeping by. A gentle acoustic guitar then fades in and gives things a folk-like touch. Second track ‘Shroud Enigma’ drops with a bang, with some caustic guitar work crashing in like an avalanche. The album is full of elegant dissonance which gives the music a positively disjointed uneasy feel and evokes feelings of negativity. This is dark and angry black metal to the core, and the dynamic use of guitar work, tempos and rhythms give the music a dynamic and unpredictable feel, creating an overall tumultuous and frenetic sound. Each track takes a different path, giving a very varied listen, and unlike some black metal, this doesn’t fall into monotonous territory at all. Although it is mostly black metal, influences of both death and doom metal can be heard in the guitar work and composition at times.
Overall this is a very dark and unsettling extreme metal album with an intense edge created through immense riffing and a dynamic structure.