INFACT - State Of Decay

Infact - State Of Decay

14 songs
52:45 minutes
***** ***
(self released)


Even though Infact have been around since 2007 (back then still under the name Infect), the five musicians have never been among the most ostentatious artists in Luxembourg. A first EP came out in 2007, the self-titled debut album followed four years later. It took another four years for the successor State Of Decay, and I am not revealing too much when I state that this time they will definitely get more attention. And not just because the CD is packed into a chic digipak with a nicely disgusting cover artwork.

The new album starts with a ninety seconds long intro that sounds like commercials from the 1950s before things really start moving with Slaughterhouse. Infact are never hiding the fact that they are playing modern metal, although their sound has fortunately nothing in common with the metalcore genre. Most tracks are short and concise, often not even transcending the three minute limit. The band seemingly loves to come up with strange and confusing songwriting, which sets them pleasantly apart from straighter acting bands. Parallels to System Of A Down and Devin Townsend can be drawn, even though Infact can’t yet aspire to the same genius, yet. Vocalist P-Jay’s voice is an especially stand-out property. His mostly clean vocal parts remind me of John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax). To add some variety the band is injecting occasionally groove parts. I want to point out Evil Plumber which feels like a tribute to the thrash metal movement of the Eighties. Another highlight is the atmospheric The Sinking Ship Of Men that comes with spoken word parts, and then segues seamlessly into the powerful Is This Who We Are.

All in all this is a very entertaining album, but there are also some flaws. First of all hidden bonus tracks have never been that interesting, not even since their inception over twenty years ago. Also the piano parts on Last Crusade are not that great either. The album’s end doesn’t come with so many surprises and may let you experience a certain déjà-vu experience.

Despite these minor complaints, State Of Decay is quite an excellent album. Infact have come a long way since their early days. The songs feel mature, and the band’s technical abilities are beyond doubt. If the album had been ten minutes shorter, it could have had an even bigger impact.

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