Lacerated Enemy Records - 2014 - Germany
Infecting the Swarm is the latest Brutal Death Metal band from Germany. That scene has just picked up ever since Defeated Sanity made a mark. This band however prefers to do it straight Disgorge happens to be the primary influence and of course related bands like Pathology (early) and Liturgy. Theres the heft of American bands like Devourment and Guttural Secrete too and the mind-boggling speed as well. On these grounds the band is ace. Perfect brutality and speed, although theres not that much technicality or flamboyancy like say Rings of Saturn or even recent Pathology. Vocals are among the best and deepest youll hear from the Matti Way school of infernal chasmic growling. The artwork is a refreshing change from the misogynist or overly cheesy gore kinds. Apparently, Pathogenesis is the first of three sci-fi themed albums. Thats any day more interesting with at least the imagery leaving something to the imagination, something cerebral at least.
The band is trying to mix things up within the confinement of the sound its created for itself, resembling Suffocation, but it seems rather linear. This is something the band could work on, throwing more distinct breaks and tempo changes. The occasional solo or atmospheric parts are too few and far between. But if its brutality youre looking for, this is something that will satisfy you for sure. It depends what youre looking for when you approach a Brutal Death Metal release subgenres serve a purpose and this one wont disappoint you. It saves you the getting-into time because its going straight for the jugular.
Lets hope the band is able to keep up its brutality in the upcoming albums as well and does something a little out of the ordinary. Something perhaps more original or unpredictable. As it stands, Pathogenesis is a solid album, for fans of US Death Metal the fast, utterly brutal and savage kind.