Infernäl Mäjesty – “No God” (High Roller Records)
Representing Canada’s black/death/thrash scene since 1986, Infernäl Mäjesty’s releases may have sporadic over the years – this being only their 4th album to date – but they have been active and touring throughout, adding only to their cult status. Still with the founding core of vocalist Christopher Bailey and guitarists Kenny Hallman and Steve Terror, Infernäl Mäjesty’s past may be rooted in 80s icons like Slayer, but along the way they’ve developed their own menacing sound culminating in “No God”, which is typically anti religious, but whose proximity is close to that of their classic debut “None Shall Defy”. As such the emphasis is on a dark, apocalyptic atmosphere and its certainly achieved on tracks like ‘Nation Of Assassins’ with its twin guitars machine gunning riffs and flicking out evil licks along to a NORAD warning of imminent missile attack from North Korea. Chundering onto ‘Systematical Extermination’ the quiet guitar intro soon gives way to Bailey’s drawls of diatribe against religion as the guitars put out their menacing tones before an amazing rock n roll groove with Bailey reciting the lord’s prayer ensues – awesome ha ha! Culminating in the speed frenzy of ‘Extinction Level Event’ Infernäl Mäjesty give a speeding comet a run for their money although there’s still plenty of hooks and catchiness in the material to prove that the band’s 3 decades of experience has been ably woven into the music here. Indeed, with new drummer Kiel Wilson from melodic death metal outfit Severed Serenity blazing through his lightning drumming, and new bassist Daniel Nargang who is actually the singer of classic heavy metal band Kick Axe now in their ranks, this has to be the strongest line up of Infernäl Mäjesty to date. Along with sterling musicianship is the top notch production – undertaken by Bailey, Hallman and Terror – taking over a year to achieve but resulting in a near perfect mix of clarity with brutality – nice job guys! Allegedly the first of two back to back releases, this is a quality return of one of the 80s underground bands, not just determined to capture lost ground, but make a new mark this time around!