Kosher Metal is going for the ultimate in fresh albums and fresh production. It’s no surprise that through the Kosher brand we receive some choice material from worldwide brands of music and this time we got a handful of aspirin and antibiotics with the goo filled Death Toll Rising album,”Infection Legacy.” Now this band is a little bit familiar. The reason is the style of death/heavy metal. These guys come into the fold a kin with Bloodbath, Carcass, and At The Gates.
I’ll be honest. The initial reception of a nine track release is always going to be skeptical. You’ll find the length in most tracks either too long or too short in most cases. And you’ll get breakdowns infrequently and disjointing. I had a pleasant surprise the second I entered the legacy already left by these professional grade nihilists. I had a “brief” moment examining the history of the band which is already heavy enough to plant a smile on anyone’s face. If you’re looking for fresher tasting music from your extreme metal and death genres, these guys had an album prior to this entitled,”Defecation Suffocation.”
This review isn’t about that album but I can tell you it was grand to catch a minute with that release before setting up this one. The band is based out of Edmonton, AB and there’s an obvious ark in longevity in groups that have rural beginnings. I’m not saying the bays, the coasts, and the corners don’t get their share of “rural” humility. But the humble start of a violent band like this is usually the very purpose and thermal energy behind the music. I won’t polish their knobs in this regard, but the commercialism isn’t very appealing from many of the bands that do the exact opposite of these guys right here.
They are bringing a lot more similarities with them on this album to your upper shelf names. I didn’t contract an infection right away though as the intro is not very retaining. The highlight of the album is in fact the very middle of all this non-stop action. I found myself plagued however by the climbing staircase of their single,”Malice Incarnate.” That is the perfect single anyone could have chosen off the album next to the track following it. The first two tracks off the album lead me to an undisclosed location without the lyrical clarity I would have expected from the title track and the stage setter.
Your guitars are pitched at full grind, the vocal velocity of the songs is damaging, and the drums sound bananas. And to expand on that bananas analogy, let’s metaphorically enhance it. Imagine those bananas in a mountainous quantity inside of a jungle filled with angry primitive apes ready to rip your arms out of their sockets. Yes those bananas are indeed a trifling matter. The drums are frequently stealing the attention of the listener only to then be interrupted by skin tightening screams and siren blazing guitar solos. I had an awesome time with this album despite the thrush of distraction I was constantly approached with.
Let me give you the real insight to this album with the process of explanation for my comments. The over abundance of the material provided seemed way too jam packed into such a short album. It is almost as if you’re getting more and more and more on a never ending rollercoaster of expectations repeatedly being vaulted over the last. I wasn’t quite sure when the epicenter of horror crammed madness was going to reach climax, and because of that I’m left wondering if the album actually ended. The competitors in this genre will often guarentee you a straight to the gut thrillride. This exceptionally high quality album reached a point where I felt like I had a thoracic bypass and lost muscular control in nearly every part of my body.
At Kosher Metal we’re not going to sell you some kind of inhumane review full of Chex-mix and spritzers in celebration for another band’s album coming out. This album is worth five times its purchase price. That is the real review. The bitterness in the tracks ‘Revelation Despair’ and ‘Septic Entity’ actually upset me. I was very disappointed in how both of these songs left me in a state of emotional movement. That’s not a bad thing, although it felt like with the way things were written I got a small piece of what I was ready for and left with a poetic “gotcha twice.” Lyrically both of those songs set you up for a very hard break up. I was heart broken, confused, and hurt because both of those songs leave you thinking. I felt teased. That was cruel. This album actually pissed me off. And I loved it because of that. I recommended this album the moment I heard it to others, coworkers even because I was frantically excited the entire day.
Now the final point we’re going to talk about before I put this dog in the grave is the overall finish and playthrough. I felt from the start of this album I was in for something vindicated and illuminating. I felt like someone hit me with boards filled with staples and nails and laughing at me. These guys are so talented it breeds just like, dare I say it, an infection. It just gets bigger and bigger from the third track in and doesn’t slow down again. The final track is the only time you’ll get a low tempo out of this nightmare. To any band that tours with them, this is a real show stealing group with delightfully aggregated skills. I love these guys. We love these guys. The rest of your life is disposable at this point. This album will be receiving the Kosher seal of approval and of course the Kosher purchase recommendation. I was lip split after listening to this and you will be too. Trust us, this is what we do twenty four hours a day.
At Kosher Metal we use a Horns Up! rating system and it is without a shadow of a doubt our pleasure to award a face smacking, infallibly accurate score for Death Toll Rising’s second album ,”Infection Legacy.” Coming in amongst other big league ratings out there, the October 22nd release kept us shaking with the sickness of addiction for a full week. Yeah. It’s that good. Kosher Metal sees fit to brand this
4/5 Horns Up! For Death Toll Rising’s Infection Legacy!
Infection Legacy is out on October 22nd, but you can pre-order this album now and get the infection started by checking out Death Toll Rising’s bandcamp
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KM Music Review Editor