Infiltration - Point Blank Termination: Review
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, is called home by '90s influenced Groove/Death Metal outfit, Infiltration, and continues the countries growing trend of producing some extremely heavy bands. Aimed at the audiences of Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Six Feet Under, and Cannibal Corpse, Point Blank Termination is out to make a statement and it sets out its goals from the first second of the first track... that being that they really want to tear your face off.
Formed in 2017, Infiltration consists of musicians, who were involved with bands the likes of Free at Last, Hellbomb, Chamber of Torture, Katalepsy, Abnormal, and who have shared the stage with Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Suffocation, Broken hope, Destroyer 666, Necrophobic, Napalm Death, Decapitated and that's just naming a handful. Obviously, a wealth of talent and experience is on hand here and that's reflected on the record.
Point Blank Termination is the band's full-length debut and with the above credentials, it's been a great start to their career already with this record only cementing the band as a pro-player in the Death Metal field and one that should be taken seriously. The record hits with a megaton force, we're talking blast beats, scorching solos, low and heavy bass lines, guttural vocals and grooves that reverberate through the core of the planet. Throw in a few devastating breakdowns with a threatening Nuclear Holocaust theme appearing in areas and you've got the formula for one hell of a heavy debut effort.
From tracks like Radiation Storm which features some of the filthiest riffs and guitar work within modern death metal to the all-out onslaught of drums and vocals offered on the aptly named Absolute Brutality Of Terror and the excellent, carnage inducing frenzy that is Missing In Bodycount there is a lot to enjoy on this record. Old school death metal can easily fall into a cliched space but Infiltrator are re-writing the rules here with this statement of intent.
PBT is at its core an old school death metal album but it's fleshed out in a polished record with layers of complexity and a wide range of talent across the band so much so that it changes the makeup of what an old school death record can be. Clocking in at eight tracks, it could be considered a little short, taking it too eleven may have given it some more weight but it doesn't kill the listening experience and as the old adage goes, "Leave them wanting more".
The cover art deserves a shout-out as well, created by Daemorph who has previously worked withThe Black Dahlia Murder, Pyrexia, Lividity, and others. It sums up the atmosphere and vibe of the album perfectly and looks stunning as a piece of work on its own.
As mentioned, the stall has been set out with this record, Infiltration have made it abundantly clear what they are about and it's going to be one hell of a ride seeing them back it up as they carve a path of utter, death metal devastation everywhere they go.
Point Blank Termination released this week via Time To KIll Records and is available now at the below links.