|Review: Witheria - Infinite Recollection|
Label: Twisted Face
Year released: 2017
Review online: July 30, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Infinite Recollection is already the fifth album from this progressive Finnish Thrash/Death Metal band called Witheria. The band haven't really made much noise about their offerings, so even realizing these Finns have some new material out pretty much came straight from the bushes to me.
Infinite Recollection takes its listener into some fascinating sci-fi themed surroundings with the album's eight tracks that all form a diverse and complex package of a precisely played mix of Thrash and Death Metal, with a strong prog-ish nature incorporated into the songs. At times, Witheria manage to sound like later-era Death (on "Infinite Velocity" specifically), but the main emphasis is definitely on airy and sweeping, may I say Maiden-esque melodies. This is all accompanied with solid Thrash riffs and Tuberculosis' effective death grunts. The guys do employ all kinds of elements well, from the punishing riff fests to somewhat huge and clever melodic sections. Witheria don't want to break their spell either, following the tradition that they started on their debut album, Infernal Maze, some 11 years ago. In other words, the album's longest number has been saved for the last. "Cracks in the Fabric of Illusions" is a multi-layered, highly progressive track in which you get to hear just about everything the band is able to create song-wise. Fortunately, despite the song's length, it never gets sloppy or uninteresting and keeps up the listener's interest all the way through to the very end.
Infinite Recollection just may be the most coherent and best album in Witheria's career.
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