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Endstille - Infektion 1813
16 May 2011


01. Anomie
02. Trenchgoat
03. Bloody H (The Hurt-Gene)
04. The Deepest Place On Earth
05. When Kathaaria Falls
06. Satanarchie
07. World Aflame
08. Wrecked
09. Endstille (Völkerschlächter)


O hai there, old-school black metal, we meet again.

During the recent onslaught of post/atmospheric/shoegaze/psychedelic/menstrual black metal, I couldn't help but feel a sting of nostalgia for the genre's roots, and thus Infektion 1813 was given a chance to impress. A chance it missed, although not completely.

The bulk of releases I've heard in the past months have taught me to expect a long intro that slowly unrolls and develops the sound, so I was somewhat taken by surprise when Infektion 1813 smacked me right in the face with blast-beats and merciless chugging, razor-sharp riffs from the very start. These Germans then start showcasing their ability to weave a sublime melody behind all the chaos, an approach they use throughout the entire album, sometimes with more and sometimes with less success. Infektion 1813 offers virtually no breathers, keeping the listener pinned down by a constant sonic barrage. Comparisons to early-mid Marduk (specially Panzer Division Marduk) are more than spot on for this, with a more noticeable difference being Endstille's tendency to keep the atmosphere more in the vein of an eerie, post-apocalyptic landscape.

However, this album's simplicity may easily be considered a weakness. Too many tracks sound too much alike, and may even blend into one huge blast-beat driven, faceless pile. Exceptions to this rule are the groovy, punk-ish "Bloody H (The Hurt-Gene)" or the narrative "Endstille (Völkerschlächter)". Infektion 1813's staying power is also not of the highest order. Really, why would you bother listening to an entire album again and again if 7 out of 9 tracks are practically the same thing, only some are better than the other? All the chaos and instrumental rampage may turn to monotony quite fast, unless you're an avid fun of this particular style of black. That being said, I'm also not a fan of the production on this one, as it is a bit too clean for my tastes. It's entirely possible that this album indeed works better that way, but I can't help but wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if that lovely guitar fuzz was present here.

All in all, a very decent release, but with so many great ones out there, does one really have the time to bother with just "decent"?

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Production: 6


Band profile: Endstille
Album: Infektion 1813


 


written by Slayer666 | 30.01.2012


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Slayer666 - 03.02.2012 at 14:07  
Fuck, I just noticed some mistakes that slipped through the proofreader.

Quote:

Exceptions to this rule are the groovy, punk-ish "Bloody H (The Hurt-Gene)" or the narrative "Endstille (Völkerschlächter)".


Should be "and" instead of "or".

Quote:

All the chaos and instrumental rampage may turn to monotony quite fast, unless you're an avid fun of this particular style of black.


Should be "fan" instead of "fun".

Can someone from the staff fix this, please?
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2012 at 15:32  
Written by I Eat God on 03.02.2012 at 15:16

Written by Slayer666 on 03.02.2012 at 14:07

Fuck, I just noticed some mistakes that slipped through the proofreader.

Quote:

Exceptions to this rule are the groovy, punk-ish "Bloody H (The Hurt-Gene)" or the narrative "Endstille (Völkerschlächter)".


Should be "and" instead of "or".

Quote:

All the chaos and instrumental rampage may turn to monotony quite fast, unless you're an avid fun of this particular style of black.


Should be "fan" instead of "fun".

Can someone from the staff fix this, please?


Who give a damn about your mistakes, there is no English teacher here. Anyway, nobody would read your post.


stop your incessant trolling bitching. And you just proved that some people do read his post, namely, you.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2012 at 15:41  
You satanic? don't make me laugh. An internet warrior who deosn't dare say a word outside in the real world, more likely.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2012 at 16:21  
Written by I Eat God on 03.02.2012 at 16:15

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2012 at 15:41

You satanic? don't make me laugh. An internet warrior who deosn't dare say a word outside in the real world, more likely.


Have you ever read satanic bible ? I don't practice the ritual, but very impressed by the thinking, so advanced and independent .


yes I have and I own it. Nothing advanced and independent about his way of thinking. His way of thinkng is part of the herd mentality. Lavey is a con man who only thought up the Church of Satan in order not have to pay any taxes. Hell, the CHurch of Satan branch in the Netherlands in the late Seventies early Eighties was just a sex club under the guis of a church so that no taxes had to be paid. A major tax fraud the guy is.
Slayer666 - 03.02.2012 at 16:28  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2012 at 16:21

Hell, the CHurch of Satan branch in the Netherlands in the late Seventies early Eighties was just a sex club under the guis of a church so that no taxes had to be paid.


What's wrong with that? It sure sounds like fun.

@I Eat Shit God
Learn to quote and continue trolling, I always love reading comments made by Internet tough guys, there are always many lulz to be had at one's expense.
InnerSelf - 03.02.2012 at 19:36  
HAHAHAHAHAHA signature material

From your description, the album sounds like something I wouldn't like. So I'll be skipping this, not that I have a lot of time to check average releases with the shit-load of awesome music featured on the awards and the new 2012 stuff
Uldreth - 03.02.2012 at 23:14  
Written by I Eat God on 03.02.2012 at 17:41

Written by Slayer666 on 03.02.2012 at 16:28

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.02.2012 at 16:21

Hell, the CHurch of Satan branch in the Netherlands in the late Seventies early Eighties was just a sex club under the guis of a church so that no taxes had to be paid.


What's wrong with that? It sure sounds like fun.

@I Eat Shit God
Learn to quote and continue trolling, I always love reading comments made by Internet tough guys, there are always many lulz to be had at one's expense.


I see. Marcel and Satan got a big misunderstanding, no wonder they are so estranged.
1) Satanics never pay tax ! Paying tax to the government / dynasty / empire leads to corruption. You can see what happened to the world now.....I need not elaborate much....
2) What's wrong with sex club ? No one hurt, many happy ! Don't refrain your need, Satan knows human need, what a cool God (Satan).

I hope I can help you turning a new leaf. S. God loves you.

How much meth did you consume today?

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