Album Title: 
Non De Hac Terra
Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Review Type: 

The Dutch band Infinity was formed in 1995. Throughout the years, the band recorded a handful of great albums with a same-minded structure, yet with a slightly different final execution. After some changes in line-up, Infinity eventually signed to the roster of Dutch label New Era Productions in early 2012, and a first result of this collaboration was the compilation Back To The Source…, an album with re-recordings and cover songs.

Non De Hac Terra is the second album for New Era Productions, consisting of eight fast, melodic and epic songs that clock almost fifty minutes. The production was done by Funeral WindsH. Xul, and the result is fabulous qua sound. This means: rough and unpolished, firm and skull-breaking. That production fits perfectly to the technical up-tempo hymns for not being too clean at the one hand, nor too dissonant at the other hand either.

When it comes to the tracks, well, of course it is comparable to the (recent) past. The songs are energetic and hot-pepper-in-the-behind, with a mystic atmosphere, a heroic execution and a timeless (read: almost Nordic-inspired) approach. The bio compares the stuff to the likes of Absu, Dissection and Immortal, and believe it or not: I do agree. Especially earlier Dissection comes to mind when listening to the compositions, while the vocals are somewhere in between Immortal’s and Absu’s. it’s somewhat catching and highly melodious, but fierce and open-minded at the same time.

So it’s very easy: If you can appreciate the bands I just mentioned, then etc…