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Review: Infernaeon - Genesis to Nemesis
Genesis to Nemesis

Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 56:13
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Genesis to Nemesis

Rated 3.46/5 (69.23%) (13 Votes)

Genesis to Nemesis is a mix of several genres, with the main sound being melodic blackened Death Metal. There are also hints of Thrash as well as minor symphonic leanings, the latter courtesy of sometimes overbearing keyboards that take more away than they bring to the table. At times the keyboard-heavy parts reminded me a little bit of Emperor, though not nearly as good. Listening to this closely, I can't help but think that getting rid of the keyboards would have given the album more punch; they're really getting in the way.

One surprising element on the album is a cover of Metallica's Creeping Death in the middle of the album. It's a decent cover, though not as good as the original and the use of keyboards – even though discreet here – borders on blasphemy. A lot of the album is about blasting away and that comes off as a bit generic. It's when they slow things down a bit and go into a more melodic direction that Infernaeon get interesting, with attention-catching guitar work and more varied drums (there's only so much blast beats one can endure.)

I found Genesis to Nemesis to be a good listen, with the keyboards and sometimes senseless blasting being the main showstoppers. The album as a whole comes off as a bit inconsistent and is also probably a bit too long for its own good, but there's enough good stuff in here to warrant a listen.

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