Dennis : Infidel Reich is the latest brainchild of Acheron frontman Vincent Crowley, who uses the five tracks on this MCD to spew his disgust towards politically correctness and mass-manipulation. In a very clear manner Crowley addresses current controversial topics without taking a religious or political stance. ‘Reality Metal’ as the band call it. On board are drummer Bob Bagchus (Soulburn, ex-Asphyx), guitarist Stijn Bogers (Rectal Smegma) and bassist McNasty – who prefers to stay kind of anonymous. With three musicians from The Netherlands and one from the US we have an international alliance here.
Musically, Infidel Reich is highly influenced by Carnivore, Hellhammer, Venom and Motörhead and their music also reminds me of Chicago based metallers Scepter, even though Scepter’s lyrics are much easier to digest. Pretty straightforward midpaced thrash and old school death metal with brutal, yet understandable vocals. The music was recorded about a year ago and was mixed by JB van der Wal, also known as the bassist for Dool and guitarist for Herder and he managed to create an excellent clear and powerful mix. Ecuadorian artist Santiago Francisco Jaramillo designed the artwork, which depicts a number of symbols and imagery from both world wars and the mascot of the band, a tank called Reichenstein, with which the band underlines its’ militant character. Is the music earth-shaking? No, not really. Lyrically, probably yes, but that is exactly what this release is all about, to stir and fuck things up.