Sometimes you don’t want to think. You just want to get that nasty guitar in your head and thrash like a denim clad meathead like you did in the 80s. But the old stuff just isn’t cutting it like it used to. Too much nostalgia in those riffs you carved into your head after so many listens. No, you need something new, something fresh. Something that invokes the same speed feeling, has the pulse of the past but is new and shiny and here in the present.
My friend, you need Inferno. And you need their new album Basados En Hechos Reales now.
Here’s what the promo materials tell us: Formed in 2009 in Spain, Inferno was originally a cover band but started doing their own thing and released an EP in 2014. Arrodíllate is a lo-fi thrash assault that traffics in much the same territory of bands like Nuclear Assualt and Destruction, while keeping pace with the newer outfits like Bonded by Blood and Gama Bomb. There’s just enough maturity in 2017’s debut full length Genética Humana to make things feel more polished, but no less fun. The guttural vocals recall early Sepultura (that band as well as early Slayer are additional touchstones) but the guitars and drums are pure rat basement skank metal, and that’s a definite compliment. Tracks like opener “Avaricia” and the battery attack of “Cultura del Egoismo” are filled with the kind of drunken revelry chants and palm-muted riffing that would keep us up at all hours banging our heads trying not to vomit from the copious amounts of Captain Morgans and Coke we were drinking.
Two years later Basado en Hechos Reales further refines the formula, moving out of the party anthems and getting into some seriously angry old school thrash. The album title translates to “Based on Real Facts” and even not knowing Spanish there’s a bite and anger to the songs that weren’t there on the previous albums. Opener “Ruega por Nosotros” is rife with harmonic melodies and rapid-fire riffing that stretch your jaws and yank your tongue out. Yeah, I don’t know what that really means, either, but the song kicks ass. Likewise “Tu Sucio Dinero” which echoes S.O.D., M.O.D., and any other mosh-heavyweight you can conjure. The whole of Basado en Hechos Reales fits this bill, right down to the Ed Repka-inspired artwork by Five Milligrams. There’s not a piece out of place on this thing.
This is what I want right now. You can keep your big death players and your flavor of the week band getting all the play on social media. I want to feel like I did when music was tight, fun, and happy to rip your face off. Inferno gets that (judging by their band pic I’m guessing we’re in the same grouchy age group) and Basado en Hechos Reales is the perfect way to get that vibe in the freezing cold of early 2019.