|Classic Review: Infernäl Mäjesty - None Shall Defy|
|None Shall Defy|
Label: Displeased Records
Year released: 1987
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: April 26, 2006
Reviewed by: Sirliftsalot48
for:None Shall Defy
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (32 Votes)
I wish that the 80s could grace us with their magic once more. It was a time when countless excellent thrash was released. Darkness Descends, Reign in Blood, Eternal Nightmare, and The Legacy were some of the greats released in this time, and those are all from the Bay Area of the U.S. Let us not forget about Germany with Kreator, Sodom, and Destruction to boot. While the U.S. and Germany seemed to be the power houses of thrash metal, there was another country preparing to unleash their supremely evil band. That country was Canada and that band was
Infernäl Mäjesty's sound can be described as thrash that slows it down a bit and cranks the evil way up. The guitar is very low and creates an extremely eerie and doomy effect. The solos tend to stay in the lower range. This is great to keep the atmosphere that the rest of the music creates and doesn't lighten the music up. It keeps the gloom and evil sound that the band has on the album all the way through. The drumming is mid paced overall with the occasional speed up and slow down. It accentuates the guitar tone and adds to the entire mood that the album creates. The vocals are picture perfect, with low pitches that aren't growled. It's mostly a snarl with the occasional shouted chant.
The lyrics are the type you would expect to hear at a satanic ritual. (S.O.S.) actually stands for Satan our Savior. Vocalist Chris Bailey combines the chant and satanic lyrics in the masterful title track when he chants "Satan…Master…Lead us… Into Hell!" Most of the time lyrics like this are laughable or just plain sound stupid, but the way that Chris Bailey delivers them and the way the band creates an aura of evil surrounding the music, they really make you believe that they aren't just trying to play a satanic image. They sound like they truly believe Satan is coming for them, and they are welcoming him with open arms to lead them to hell.
This album is not the fastest or most brutal thrash album from the 80s. What this album is though, is the most evil sounding thrash album from the 80s. The atmosphere that is created is one Lucifer himself would shudder to hear. When listening to this you can picture yourself digging up corpses from a graveyard and making virgin sacrifices for the dark lord. Purchase this album and let it lead you into the unknown. NONE SHALL DEFY!!!
Note: Tracks 9 and 10 are additions on the 1996 release by Displeased Records.
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