Germany’s extreme metal band Mental Cruelty have resurrected themselves from the underground to create the most heaviest, jawdropping albums I’ve heard all year long. After the debut full-length of 2018’s Purgatorium, 2019’s Unique Leader Records sophomore full-length Inferis is a much more improved release and easily the best material the band has done to date. Combining elements of deathcore, brutal death metal and down-tempo, this album demonstrated growth, maturity and finest achievements around that is surely, but steadily a absolute monstrous release start to finish.

Musically, it follows up right after Purgatorium continuing the band’s destructive path to unleash carnage, chaos and annihilation. Lyrically, Inferis discusses many metaphorical themes from Satanism, armageddon, misanthrophy and little trace of biblical references that’s extremely well written as the narration continues to flow naturally without any sort of damages to the album’s wonderfully listened context. Now, if you thought Purgatorium was a hungering release, Inferis uses relentless brutality, slam-esque instrumentals and vicious monolithic slabs of unrelenting, aggressively driven breakdowns that makes your skull go crazy.

This album also adds originality, creativity and a very well artistic approach as they’ve concentrated many experimenting compositions that almost brings out a Ingested meets Vulvodynia with traces of Osiah vibes as you get wide variations of slam, deathcore, brutal death and traditional signatures of extreme metal that’s so well played and one of the album’s biggest highlights after listening to the album front to back.

With tracks including Mundus Vult Decipi, Human Evisceration and Blood Altar, these songs incorporated destructive sequences, purifying instrumentals, headbanging assaults and distinguished production that gives the album a much more philosophical sound. Inferis not only marked a earthborn chapter in Mental Cruelty’s discography but fans of Purgatorium are surely, but steadying are gonna love what these German’s have created next!

Overall Score: 9.0/10

Review by Jake Butler


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