I have fond memories of 2015’s Idols, so it’s good to see the band return with some new material. I very much like the striking album art for this release too.
Neter play their death metal with a mix of American and Polish influences. This results in muscular death metal that’s not without its nuance or atypical delivery, as well as some more exotic influences here and there, usually manifesting in the melodies/leads/solos.
With a lot of thundering mid-paced battering, (although certainly not exclusively), there’s probably more variety of pace and mood on Inferus than there was on Idols. Inferus is the sound of a band that have taken all of the strengths of their previous work and mercilessly slaughtered the weaknesses.
The band’s songs are heavy and threatening, taking aspects of Morbid Angel, Immolation, Nile, Behemoth, and Decapitated into themselves with skill and obvious appreciation. I like that although these influences can clearly be heard, Neter put their own spin on things and inject their music with more than enough personality of their own to avoid accusations of being derivative. Inferus is very much Neter’s own work, and it shines brightly with a dark malevolence.
I really enjoyed this. Neter write their songs with substance and weight behind them, and for all its obvious charms Inferus is an album that gets even better and more compelling after repeated listens.
Very highly recommended.