Infestum are a band from Belarus that plays a very heavy and extreme form of black metal that also brings in elements of industrial and death metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Monuments Of Exalted" which was released by Lacerated Enemy Records.
A very dark electro industrial sound starts off the album along with some synths and a few second s later the music goes into a very fast and technical black metal direction along with some blast beats as well as adding in high pitched screams and they also mix in both the atmospheric elements and industrial influences in with black metal.
You can hear a lot of Norwegian black metal influences throughout the recording and the music also brings in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and at times the music also brings in the more melodic industrial style vocals briefly for a few seconds and on some the alter later tracks acoustic guitars and epic synths can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with some of the songs also adding in spoken word samples.
When solos and leads are utilized they bring some melody unto the recording and the riffs also incorporate more melody at times as well as bringing in a brutal style of death metal and adding it into their atmospheric black metal sound and as the album progresses they bring in an avant garde keyboard instrumental and a cover of Venom's "The Evil one" before making a return back to an industrial black metal sound on the later tracks and all of the musicla instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Infestum takes a style of atmospheric black metal that is heavily influenced by the Norwegian black metal bands and mixes it with death metal and electro industrial to create a very original, heavy and extreme sounding recording, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dystopian and philosophical themes while also bringing in some of the writings of Cark Gustav Jung and Fredrich Nietzsche.
In my opinion Infestum are a very great sounding extreme and atmospheric black metal band with elements of industrial and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ordo Infestum" "The Evil One" and "Monuments Of Exalted". 8 out of 10.