Full album stream: Infanteria – Where Serpents Conquer

InfanteriaMeet Infanteria from Cape Town, at the southern tip of Africa. Through them, meet my top contender so far for thrash album of the year.

The essence of “Where Serpents Conquer” is thrash, the type of solid, enduring thrash that turned a generation of rock fans into dedicated metalheads during the 1980s. It’s also the sort of thrash that continues to attract new followers in droves, and keeps the older fans nodding and saying, “Now that’s metal!”

There is much more to Infanteria than their main musical style, however. They bring the best of many worlds in one package. Like many of the bands who are expanding their territory in the 21st century, Infanteria delve into other types of metal and weave it into their repertoire. They enrich their sound by playing the most up-to-date style of thrash as well as the old school style. The variations they write into their songs include passages of death and prog metal.

In my library I’ve filed this album as progressive thrash. That salutes the band’s eagerness to shove through the genre fences and experiment with whatever fits best into their music.

Infanteria have won considerable acclaim from metal fans and critics in South Africa. They were selected to represent their rainbow nation at Wacken Open Air in Germany in 2013. That was the year they released their debut full-length album, “Isolated Existence”. If they’re planning to take their music to a global audience, “Where Serpents Conquer” would be the perfect vehicle to transport them there.

The eight tracks on the album showcase the versatility and quality of the band. It’s difficult to pick a stand-out song, they’re all effing great. “Where Serpents Conquer”, the title track, starts as the purest thrash before flowing into a decidedly deathy conclusion. “Silence In Sight” could easily have come from a Best Thrash of the Eighties compilation. “Beneath The Waves” is an ultra-modern thrash scorcher with dark vocals, and rapid-fire riffs and drumming that conjure up images of a Vulcan canon firing 9,000 rounds per minute. “We All Have Dreams” develops from a sweet acoustic opening to become a thrash ballad that  Megadeth would have been proud to record. “The Arrow” has the feel and sound of deep, melodic prog metal.

Infanteria band

Since I’ve mentioned most of the songs on the album, let me make a special point about “Runes in the Red Forest”, the longest song on the album. It’s a masterpiece of progressive death/thrash, one of the finest metal songs of any genre I’ve heard this year.

The band members on “Where Serpents Conquer” are Chris Hall (vocals and rhythm guitar), the founder, composer and writer; Adriano Rodrigues (lead guitar), Tim Leibbrandt (bass); and Adrian Langeveld (drums). I rate Chris Hall very highly as a composer and lyricist.

Infanteria need an international breakthrough album. “Where Serpents Conquer” could be the one if it receives enough exposure, so spread the word.

Check out Infanteria on Facebook. The link to the album stream is also where to pick up this shiny new album and “Isolated Existence”.



About ChristopherMammal

I've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.

Posted on July 21, 2015, in Tales From Bandcamp & Full Album Streams and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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