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Review: Banishment - Cleansing the Infirm
Cleansing the Infirm

Label: Lacerated Enemy Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 33:58
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Cleansing the Infirm

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Based on the album title alone, I was expecting some über gore-Death played at warp speed with a vocalist literally puking his words, but Cleaning the Infirm is actually more... "disciplined" than that.  The vocals are quite guttural, but not the "burp style" I was expecting, Banishment's vocalist favouring a more "standard" Death growl style, so no complaint there.  The music itself is a mix of fast-paced Death Metal, more or less New York DM style - fast but not insanely fast to the point of all sounding the same, and a good amount of more mid-paced parts that give the album a bit of character, the band escaping the trap of sameness by changing the tempo often enough to keep the listener interested, and preventing this from getting too monotone.  Things get a hell of a lot more melodic in the second half of the closing track "Scourge Under Imperial Treachery", the take-no-prisoners style of the previous material being replaced by something closer to an apocalyptic type of atmosphere - this doesn't last very long, but it's different enough from the rest of the album to make an impression.

Cleansing the Infirm doesn't revolutionize Death Metal - it's a good blend of old school and newer Death Metal (but steering clear of core-ish gimmicks, fear not) that gets the job done.  Not exactly the most memorable material, and the album suffers a little bit from that - it's good while it lasts, but once it's over I found I didn't retain much more than a couple of passages (which is more than I can say of a good number of albums, mind you.)  But your mileage may vary on that one.

Track Listing:
  1. Maelstrom of Restless Indignation
  2. Adverse Offering from the Supreme
  3. Translucent Birth of Iniquity
  4. Obscure Benevolence
  5. Shroud of Infamy
  6. An Inimical Figure
  7. Detriment
  8. Cleansing the Infirm
  9. Scourge Under Imperial Treachery
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