The Silencer (Cruz Del Sur)
By: Mike SOS
Infliction play a hybrid of styles that shouldn?t match up as well as they do, but somehow this Italian quintet succeed in meshing melodic death metal with radio ready Goth rock leanings on their second album THE SILENCER, The 11-track collection jumps around from genre to genre with relative ease and astonishing cohesiveness, as tracks like "Redhouse" find the band trading Nevermore-esque choruses with frenetic death metal a la The Haunted without batting an eye, while the Gothic rocker "Nocturnal" chimes in with a creepy aura and a sense of Paradise Lost?s better works. Arguably, THE SILENCER?s focus seems a bit askew and purists will be disenchanted, but songs like "Sleepers" more than make up for the lack of discernible identity by uncoiling a vitriolic slab of melodic death metal madness. If you can withstand some piano-led darkened tracks like "Paperlife", this disc is a salvageable effort worthy of a few good spins.
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