Genre : Folk/Power Metal
Location : Switzerland
Release title : CIVITAS INTERITUS
Release type : Full length CD and digital release
Release year : 2017
Label : Independent
Buy : Bandcamp
1. The Die Is Cast
5. Aku Aku
10. A New Hope
Switzerland's Infinitas draw out a heavy concept on "CIVITAS INTERITUS", a fictional tale set in an Iron Age kingdom called Lunatris. Complete with Medieval-style maps and lyrics written in calligraphy on what looks like an ancient scroll, "CIVITAS INTERITUS" is more than a little intriguing. What are these Swiss Metalheads talking about? As it turns out, it is a dark fairy tale...Gone bad.
Demons attack the helpless city of Lunatris (a people who were victorious over so many kingdoms before), and all are destroyed but one; the survivor must outwit a sea monster called Skylla to escape across the sea. The album is in fact a work of demonology, each song detailing the sinister nature of the various demons who attack Lunatris. Among the list are "Alastor", "Samael", "Labartu", and "Amon". At first it appeared Infinitas might be relatively innocent Folk or Power Metal, but it is soon discovered this is not the case, as the rather horrible qualities of various demons are described in detail. A black, gross tragedy this doom-laden tale relates, and the deterioration of a once-vibrant Iron Age town becomes a ghastly experience of an observer helplessly watching as the entire populace is put to death by the psychotic deeds of this gallery of the unholy.
The band does blend Folk and Power Metal styles, but packs more of a punch than might be expected. The nuclear-powered drums of Piri Betschart see to that, and drive the whole band into a headbanging raveup that will demand your ears. The dark but lusty vocals of Andrea Böll provide a she-demonic callout that faces the depths of Lunatris' despair as they are consumed by one evil spawn after another. Her crackshot delivery hits the mark every time as she dictates the destruction laid out in this possibly unique Metal concept album. Traditional instruments like (electric) recorder, percussion, clarinet, and seamless programmed violin blend together effortlessly while the overall effect with the Metal is also graceful.
The guitars of Selv Martone cut through with the slicing power of eighty swords and the pounding, insistent bass guitar of Pauli Betschart urges on the charging rhythms and fast tempos. Harmonies abound with Laura Kalchofner's e-recorder, guitars, violin, and more. The balance of the bludgeoning Metal hammering with the rich harmonic Folk/Neo-Classical overlays and Böll's banshee-like vocals results in the whole Infinitas package.
A truly surprising and undoubtedly original work, "CIVITAS INTERITUS" is standing out from the Metal pack already. I think listeners will enjoy checking out the richly-illustrated (damnable) story of Lunatris, the CD booklet has a great layout and artwork. Not many bands go to this kind of effort to lay out a concept and make it so much fun for the fans so, along with the killer epic Metal that will get your head bangin' and your horns throwin', you've got something really special in your hands if you buy this. Excellent work, Infinitas!
- Vile Ent