The other day I received an email asking me to review Infrared‘s new album, From The Black Swamp, and I’m glad I decided to do it. Infrared is a thrash metal band formed in 1985 here in Ottawa, after releasing a demo they went on a hiatus, but reformed in 2014 after 27 years.

Photo credit: Carissa Broeren Photography

If you like bands like Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica or Megadeth you’ll probably love Infrared, you can definitely hear the influences of these bands on their sound with pounding drums, speedy guitar licks and driving bass lines with a very strong vocal performance from vocalist Armin Kamal.

I think personally my favourite song on the album is “No Masters, No Gods”. I feel like everything just melts into itself and the song just gels together, but overall it’s a very strong record with some screaming guitar solos.

Really my only gripe is I’m not a massive fan of the bass tone, I feel like it’s a little to twangy and clunky sounding, but that’s just personal taste, since I’m a big fan of deep rich bass tones that are usually more prevalent in “modern” metal, so to speak; however, I feel that the actual bass riffs kind of make up for the tone.

I also think that their drummer is incredibly talented, and is great at holding the songs together, I feel like his parts are very well written and compliment the other instruments wonderfully. The guitars are as crunchy as you’d expect in a thrash band, the tones slot very well in the mix and aren’t too overpowering, could maybe use a tiny bit more low end, but again that’s personal preference.

The band will be playing at Mavericks on November 27th, and have graciously extended me an invite, so hopefully I’ll see some of your beautiful faces there.

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