Nima : Already with their self-titled first demo from 1986, Infernal Majesty managed to draw the attention of the extreme metal underground, and the magnificent first LP, ‘None Shall Defy’, which was released a year later, was an “instant classic”. Throughout the years the band reached a cult status, and today still the band is embraced and looked up to in the extreme metal underground. This band has never been that active, and the second LP, ‘Unholier Than Thou’, arrived eleven long years after the debut.
During the interview yours truly did with co-founder and band leader Chris Bailey for the new album, ’No God’, the front man mentioned that a re-release of the third album, ’One Who Points To Death’, was coming. But it seems that we get a re-release of ‘Unholier Than Thou’ prior to that as well. And hey, you won’t hear me complain about it, because this second LP is as solid and magnificent as the debut. And seeing that the album nowadays is hard to come by, this reissue is a great initiative.
In a time where on the one hand power metal, and on the other hand symphonic black metal were rising is popularity and were becoming more and more exaggerated (and ridiculous), Infernal Majesty rose again to show how it’s done and to teach the scene a lesson in real metal. The material on ‘Unholier Than Thou’ followed in the footsteps of ‘None Shall Defy’ and sounded quite old-school, but not at all dated, and indeed more technical as well. With that album the band left the majority of the competition far behind, and today, almost two decades later, the thrash/death metal that Infernal Majesty delivered on that album is still as powerful and relevant.
This reissue is remastered by Phlebotomized guitarist Tom Palms (who was also responsible for the Sinister remasters), who has given the sound an extra push, without damaging the original vibe and the old-school charm. As a bonus the disc also contains the ‘Live In Copenhagen’ live-album from 2000. And so the new generation now has the great opportunity to enrich their collection with this classic, and one of the best albums on matters of technical thrash, and thrashy death metal.