Arkhon Infaustus
Hell Injection

This band plays “brutal and bestial death black metal,” and that is as good a description as I could come up with. This is Carpathian Forest death metal style. Wall of noise type death is on display here, lots of distortion. The vocals are a croaking rumble that is surprisingly understandable.

As their album cover shows, their aim is to shock, and they claim people have left concerts too shocked by the show’s sexual character. While not bad musically, this appears to be a band you will not fully appreciate unless you see them live. “Ineffable Hell Commander” is slow with rumbling drums and shrieking guitars, “the Ominous Circle” is a plodding heavy slow song with lots of distortion, “the Whorehouse Coven” is dominated by blastbeats, with some variations, accompanied by the same ultra-heavy guitars.

 For the most part all the songs share the same quick tempo. With little to distinguish one song from the next, it feels more like one long song with many parts, and works as an album because of this strong cohesion. The two best songs are the two slow paced ones minus blastbeats. They incorporate lots of feedback and distortion and it works well for them. Arkhon Infaustus are like a brutal Motorhead. If they moved in next door more than your lawn would die.

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Written by Grimulfr
October 3rd, 2001

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