INFINITAS – CIVITAS INTERITUS
Jesus Christ, here we go. Okay, guys, I really wanted to like this. I really, really, REALLY did. I’m not going to break the album down track by track like I normally do. I think I need to take a different approach on this specific album, because I really hate to sound negative when I’m writing reviews. Even if I absolutely hate everything about it (which I don’t in this case), I try to find something positive to say. I’m seriously at a loss for words here, and that never happens. I can’t even begin to describe how I feel about this right now. Bewildered?
What would happen if Alestorm and Halestorm got together, and had a drunken tryst? This melodic, female-fronted, thrash metal band right here. Musically, it’s amazing. It’s a little long-winded and repetitive, but it’s melodic, beautiful, and heavy as hell at parts. They slapped so many genres over folk music, it wasn’t even funny. There was hair metal, thrash metal, and a smidge of black metal thrown in with a tinge of gutteral vocals from the lead vocalist simply known as Andrea.
The album, titled Civitas Interitus, offers folklore imagery of demons, water monsters, gods, and goddesses. Where are my basement-dwelling gamer nerd fans at?
To be honest, I was pulled in at first. After three tracks in, I was addicted. I’ve never been a Larper in my entire life (nor did I ever really want to), but my God, I was willing to strap a foam sword to my back, and beat the holy hell out of a Bard for shits and giggles. It was fun, it made me smile, and I was bouncing out of my seat eager to hear more.
“Alastor“ and “Samael“ are honestly the best tracks on the album, hands down. It makes you think of fighting dragons, slashing the throats of demons, and winning the love of thy lady fair. “Would m’lady like to walk on this lovely eve? Fear not! I will strike fear in the hearts of thy enemy if thou wishest!” Sigh. I am never getting laid again after writing that. I think I grew a neck beard. Help. Andrea’s voice won me over, as she was powerful, in your face, and you could just tell she was ready to end your life.
So there’s the positive thing I wanted to say. There, I said it. Are you happy?
Again, I really had such high hopes for this, but unfortunately, they lost me at the fourth track titled “Labartu“. There’s definitely a classical influence mingled with a folky, long freaking intro, and it’s beautiful, soulful, and almost sad — but hopeful. To be honest, vocally, I could barely get through this track, and it was an excruciating eight minutes and twenty-four seconds long. I’m not sure if it was shoddy mixing, or what the deal was, but she got a bit pitchy at parts, and my tolerance started to fade.
It just went downhill from there vocally. Musically; however, these guys and gals are extremely talented. That’s why I didn’t completely hate the album. I don’t completely hate Andrea’s voice…that much. It’s almost like she’s trying too hard. It’s like listening to a female Bruce Dickinson who can’t quite reach their mark.
The album has a total of ten tracks, with the final track lasting a very painful THIRTEEN MINUTES AND FORTY-TWO SECONDS. Are you guys kidding me? Oh, no, it wasn’t all music. At 4:27, you hear waves crashing, and it doesn’t stop until it blasts right back into the “Samael“ riff at 9:40. Thanks for that heart attack you gave me, by the way. I fell asleep after listening to the soothing waves of the ocean, just to be traumatized by the Angel of Death known as Samael. Vengeance will be mine, Infinitas.
I’m sure I sounded rather dickish, and I do apologize. Unfortunately, this one couldn’t stick with me as I had initially hoped. It’s promising at parts, and again, it’s musically brilliant, if not drawn out and boring at times. Vocally…eh…it’s okaaaaaay. Perhaps if it were mixed a little better, she wouldn’t have sounded pitchy at parts. I’m sure live this band sounds incredible, and I would not mind checking them out.
Due to the fact I loved the beauty and heaviness of the album, I will be fair in my rating. But don’t take my word for it. Check them out! They’re definitely worth a shot if you can tolerate it. Bloodrock Media Rating: 3 out of 5 axes.
The Die is Cast
A New Hope
Andrea – Vocals (2013-present)
Piri – Drums, Vocals (2009-present)
Selv – Guitars (2009-present)
Pauli – Bass (2010-present)
Laura Kalchofner – Flute, Backing vocals (2017-present)
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Written by Viveca “Venom” Manis for Bloodrock Media on January 29, 2018