Conceived within the lesser-explored, darkest / blackest recesses of the mind and residing on the edge of lunacy, "E x | I s t" is an examination of the emptiness, numbness and futility of life. Bleak, hypnotic, obscure and eerie, this is a harrowing cocktail of anguished, emotive Black Metal despondency. A maelstrom of melancholy communicated through archaic harmonies and tormented vocals. Do we live or do we merely breathe? INFESTUS has been streamlined into a one-man entity and Andras' attack on this new exploration is sharper and more intense than hitherto, a soul-searching voyage that brings the listener to the very cusp of schizophrenia (and beyond); to be forever plagued by the tendrils of (un)reality. As the personal trauma intensifies, the mind is ceremoniously fragmented, leading to catatonia and a relentless decline into an unresponsive state. The individual personality is corroded; irreversible breakdown takes hold. The body remains but it is now a shell; nothing worthwhile dwells within. As past meets present, life as we know it has ceased. Pure, distilled lamentations accompany the protagonist on a downward spiral to the depths of depravity, where repression and degeneration await. Pitiful nothingness remains; life transmuted into shallow non-existence. E x | I s t ... desist.
I stumbled upon this great band by me searching for black metal as I’m fairly new to the genre, only listening for just under 2 years and god damn am I blessed to have found this a few months ago. V is definitely my favorite track because god damn listen to those drum patterns holy cow!
Everything about this album speaks to me in such a level I don’t think I myself truly understand what that level is. Thank you 🙏🏽 Miguel Espinosa
"Curse These Metal Hands" parlays the UK bands' chemistry into a record which—for all its tinnitus-inducing ferocity and elegiac arrangements—practically drips with transcendent joy. Bandcamp Album of the Day Aug 18, 2019