Infestation - _Mass Immolation_
(Lunasound, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (8.5 out of 10)
From the instant that opener "Necrospawn" growls and chainsaw-guitars its way out of your stereo, you'll know that Florida's most crushing efforts of yester-year are where Infestation's brutal approach to death metal stems from. They've finally tightened up their ranks and, with a quality production at their command, provided a definitive statement of what they're about; an identity. But tracks as visceral as titles like "Butcher Knife" and "Evil, Evil" suggest are not _Mass Immolation_'s only dimension. Chunky mid-paced Death or Massacre-style riffing ("Carrion"), sombre acoustic guitar tones ("The Hunt", "Black Pope") and even a well placed squealing solo ("Demons of Darkness") keep things varied and though Infestation may not innovate, they more than prove their death mettle (sorry, couldn't resist that one). The result is a cracking little debut album which well paves the way forward for greater and more ambitious things in the years to come.

(article published 25/5/2000)

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