United Kingdom's The Infernal Sea have returned with a new recording that shows the music going into more of a raw black'n'roll direction and this is a review of their 2020 album "Negotium Crucis" which will be released in September by Apocalyptic Witchcraft Recordings.
A very dark yet heavy sound starts off the album while the faster sections of the songs also bring in a great amount of blast beats and tremolo picking. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Clean vocals can also be heard in some parts of the recording while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. A lot of the riffing shows some 90's influences but mixed with a more modern day aggression along with some of the tracks also being very long and epic in length.
Growls can also be heard at times along with the music also mixing in a great amount of black'n'roll elements. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also remain true to an old school style as well as the riffs also adding in a decent amount of melody, one track also introduces clean playing onto the recording and as the album progresses a brief use of semi melodic vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon the dark nature of The Knights Templars and their holy crusades.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from the infernal Sea and if you are a fan of raw black metal or black'n'roll, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Destruction of Shum" "Field of the Burned" "Unholy Crusade" and "Into the Unknown". 8 out of 10.