Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Infidel - S/T

Moving to America has - if nothing else - expanded my tastes in hardcore. Infidel are the kind of thing that I might not have fully understood back when I lived in Paris, but I feel now - after being immersed in the US hardcore scene for almost a year I have a much better sense of where Infidel are coming from and what they are trying to achieve with their fairly unique brand of hard hitting and oftentimes melodic hardcore. Infidel understand what the genre is about and they have a very real grit to back it.

One thing that immediately struck me about Infidel is how their political activism comes to dominate the music. They speak powerful messages that seek to uplift the listener, and I think digging into what they are saying, about America, politics, and even hardcore can be really interesting. Infidel is the product of dudes who have had to deal with some very real shit and listening to them navigate the strange soundworlds of their music is inspiring. One thing I really dig is the uniqueness of the sound. Sure you hear elements of Bane and Expire in here, but it seems to me that Infidel have been able to bring in enough other stuff to keep it fresh.

At the end of the day, Infidel are another hardcore band in a nation of hardcore bands, but the thing is, these guys are doing something different and exciting on their new self titled release. It's easy to dig into these grooves and get a sense of what Infidel are all about. A band who are unafraid to kick ass and tell it like it is, they have a bright future ahead of them. There are a lot of layers here and a wealth of influences that keep the music tasty. Infidel know what it means to bring the grind, and at the end of the day, what more can you ask for?

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