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Japan’s answer to bands like Forbidden and Destruction is the long-running metal troupe Ritual Carnage, whose latest release is a 12-track album determined to put your neck in traction. Performing with the fires of ‘80s thrash and death metal in the forefront, the dual guitar attack flawlessly executed on burners like “Thirst for Blood” will reel you back to the glory days of the Bay Area and Tampa scene, while the progressive transitions and unstable rhythmic patterns of “Do Not Resuscitate” sound like the perfect homage to Death. Wielding the power and fury of the predecessors of the extreme metal genre without plagiarizing or bastardizing anything, I, INFIDEL is an unwavering display of technical metal that fans clamoring for the sounds of the old school should take note of.
- Mike SOS