Martin : According to their label, it was almost criminal that Fifth To Infinity’s debut album was shelved for two years because of contractual issues. Interesting… That same label not even being able to spell the band’s drummer’s name correctly kind of puts a smudge on their credibility though… and the guy played in Opeth, for fuck’s sake! Similarly, speaking of an involving transcendental lyrical concept does raise some attention, which is once again completely obliterated by the highly pretentious album title. ‘Omnipotent Transdimensional Soulfire’... ugh.
All of the above is rather typical for the Swedes’ debut; it’s promising, but it doesn’t quite deliver. The aforementioned title reveals Fifth To Infinity’s musical roots, as there is only one other band equally capable of nonsensical three-word combinations: Dimmu Borgir. Like the Norwegians, Fifth To Infinity adhere to a fairly melodic, riff-driven, blackened metal sound. The absence of keyboards brings them a little bit closer to Dark Fortress, but contrary to the aforementioned bands the Swedes steer clear of blast beats and operate only in the midtempo range. Fifth To Infinity put great emphasis on rather straightforward, hook-driven songwriting, which occasionally brings them pretty close to Dissection’s ‘Reinkaos’, but at the same time they have a bit of a progressive edge. It seems they simply have to add an odd time signature here and there.
All of the above could have ended up in a garbled mess of directionless music, but somehow, surprisingly, the musical direction, or rather directions, on ‘Omnipotent Transdimensional Soulfire’ work(s). The album as a whole, however, does not work quite as well. There is no shortage of killer riffs, the sound is powerful, and it’s very clear throughout the album that these guys know what they’re doing, but the lack of variety and dynamics kill what could have been a good, if not very good, album. One can forgive them for the rather overcompressed production, which lends the album somewhat of an ‘on again, off again’ feel, but not every band can get away with 56 minutes of midtempo. In Fifth To Infinity’s case it was a very bad idea. Moreover, during the first half of the album the trio have a knack for playing just about 5 BPM slower than they should, making them sound lazy and uninspired in the process.
Although Fifth To Infinity sound more inspired on the second half of ‘Omnipotent Transdimensional Soulfire’ they still leave an impression of a band that can do so much more when these guys actually push themselves. With a drummer as talented as Martin Lopez in the band, the sky should be the limit in terms of songwriting. Instead, they appear to suffer from a very bad case of Secrets Of The Moon-syndrome; when heard individually, the songs are very interesting, but for an album this is simply too much of the same.