Insurrect - _Fucking Infinity_
(2012 Records, 2007)
by: Alexandra Erickson (7 out of 10)
These kids have it. Insurrect, rising out of the pretty bleak but apparently pretty metal-fertile American Midwest, have shown their muscle with their first release, _Fucking Infinity_. Completely immersing and technical guitars shredding over really mesmerizing drums, thrash at heart and it's obvious. There's an underlying appreciation for punk (granted punk and thrash can often be associated in heritage anyway) in the vocals, pretty close to high grindcore shrieking, and in the sometimes bouncing drums. But don't let that fool you, they bring it immediately back in with vicious drum assaults.

These guys have compiled what they call a "best of" album of sorts, the best material they've written in their existence as a band, and it's a fun listen. They contrast really impressive melodies with an over all aggressive and tearing atmosphere urged on by a tenacious drummer. _Fucking Infinity_ is seven tracks of a blazing metal onslaught, soothed intermittently by dueling guitar melodies. Almost sounding like Gothenburg death metal with its lifting melodies tossed over deep and hostile foundations, it's an impressive feat rising out of Cleveland. Never straying too far from an overall thrash/punk base, Insurrect still manage to keep the album running and interesting and listenable. More than anything, however, is their ability to show a pretty strong mastery of their instruments and an ability to make divergent music styles work together. The vocals can make the album a little more gratifying for those listeners with a fondness for punk or grind vocals, but even for thrash metal purists, this effort is worth a listen. With this as their debut effort and put together on a thin budget, _Fucking Infinity_ is something for Insurrect to be pretty proud of. They've showcased themselves well.


(article published 27/4/2008)

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