INFECTED "Infected Generation" 2012
/Metal Scrap Records/A5 Production/

Tracklist:
1.Infected Generation 04:51
2.Dreams 03:52
3.Eternal Questions Of Existence 02:58
4.Alcoholic Storm / Flotsam & Jetsam 03:04
5.Female Defecation 02:39
6.V.I.P 03:18
7.Pimply Life 04:46
8.Brown Tormentor / Unhappy End 04:11
9.Sova 02:59
Bonus track:
10.Surrounded By Infection 02:25

 

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Infected are a band from Ukraine that plays a death metal with a grindcore edge and this is a review of their 1996 album "Infected Generation" which was re-issued by Metal Scrap Records during the year of 2012.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some brutal sounding blast beats being thrown in at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffs that dominate throughout the recording with some bass leads being utilized at times.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast death metal riffs that incorporate a great amount of thrash and grindcore influences in the riffing, while the lead guitars are a very melodic sounding death metal guitar solos and leads, as for the classical guitars when they are utilized briefly they use finger picking to add some darkness to the music.
Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls with a brief use of spoken word parts as well as some clean singing being utilized on one song, while the lyrics cover philosophical, hateful and everyday themes, as for the production it has a very powerful, strong, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
In my opinion Infected are a very great sounding death metal band with a grindcore edge and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Infected Generation" "Alcoholic Storm/Flotsam And Jetsam" "Pimply Life" and "Sova". RECOMMENDED BUY.

OccultBlackMetal (Variety Of Death Zine)

This is a brutal release from 1995. Death metal from Ukraine, Metal Scrap Records re-released in 2012 with a kick ass production, pure old school sound, serious influences of Suffocation and Grave. With songs titles like "Infected generation", "Eternal Questions of existence" and “Female defecation" you know you're in for a wild ride and Infected doesn't disappoint. Raging death metal machine. A mix between the brutality of Suffocation, Malevolent Creation, Cannibal Corpse or Grave and you have some idea of what Infected are capable of. This classic is recaptured with a vengeance. Infected generation is a mandatory purchase.

Paul Caravasi (Aquelarre Zine)

Just by looking at the cover to this album I got the feeling that this would be a thrash blast from the past. I wasn’t too far off. This has that death/thrash feel too it that I heard a lot of before it all got divided into specific genres. This is like a blast from the 90s and not in a nostalgic sense. Add to it a slight air raid kind of feel and you get a very dystrophic emotional ride. I like the fact that this isn’t PC in any way. This is what it is and that is it. It kinda made me want to get my old Sadus album out and play them back to back with my Cannibal Corpse albums. “Infected Generation” has that kind of old school death/thrash impact on me.

Anders Ekdahl (Battle Helm Magazine)

Dribbledribbledribbledribble.... Coffee? No, it's the re-release of Ukraine's Infected, entitled 'Infected Generation'. The album was recorded in 1994-1995 (with bonustrack 'Surrounded By Infection' being an exception: 1993) and was originally released on cassette. So, yeah, I do believe the availability of the original was and is pretty lousy, but I do wonder whether there are people who have been eagerly awaiting the day for this to be re-released...
Anyway. The band split-up somewhere around the millennium-change and decided to give it another go in 2012. They try to reboot their career with this re-release. The drums sound like someone is having an angry go a heap of pillows with a pot ladle, occasionally knocking over an ashtray. No, that is not good. Especially the thick woolen blanket of dribbling kick drums is truly and utterly annoying. The guitars sound gritty, but lack power. The vocals and vocal lines are pretty run of the mill. Tight? Nah. "But Sicktus, you need to listen to this in (retro)perspective!". No, I don't. Is it completely and utterly useless then? Well, no, there are a couple of songs that are okayish. Especially the at moments more grinding 'Pimply Life' sounds decent - if you disregard the way that it sounds, that is. I cannot make anything more of it than to conclude that this was barely average when it first came out and has not passed the test of time.
But hey. If the fact that something sounds (and is) oldschool is pretty much your only criterion, than this will be your album of the year. You won't get them much more oldschool than this anytime soon!

Sicktus (Lords Of Metal)

Vor siebzehn Jahren erschien das Deb?t der Ukrainer, „Infected Generation”, nun folgt der Re-Release des Death Metal-Brockens. Seinerzeit wurden die neun Songs ausschlie?lich auf Tape(!) ver?ffentlicht, allerdings immerhin mit einer stattlichen Aufl age von 1000 St?ck, die laut der Band recht schnell und im vollen Umfang Abnehmer gefunden haben. Ob sich anno 2012 allerdings noch einmal so eine Menge mit dem Medium CD erreichen l?sst, sei mal dahingestellt. Keine Frage, der Sound der f?nf Mann klingt weder altbacken noch kann man an den technischen F?higkeiten etwas aussetzen. Doch ist das, was INFECTED vor beinahe zwei Jahrzehnten zusammengeschraubt haben, beileibe nichts, was man dergestalt von Bands wie Malevolent Creation, Sinister, Monstrosity oder Deicide nicht schon wesentlich effi zienter vor den Latz geknallt bekommen hat. Hier mag insbesondere der recht undifferenzierte, matschig-dumpfe Sound eine Komponente sein, die verhindert, dass INFECTED sich an den Originalen messen lassen k?nnten. Die andere ist einfach die, dass INFECTED auch keine wirklich zwingenden Nummern auf der „Infected Generation“ auffahren. Nat?rlich wird sich der eine oder andere Deicide-Fan bei Nummern wie ‚V.I.P.‘, ‚Pimply Life‘ oder ‚Dreams‘ wehm?tig an die Anfangstage der Florida-Institution erinnern. Als Erg?nzungsmaterial durchaus akzeptabel, eigene Akzente kann man mit der Lupe suchen. So verh?lt es sich auch bei den restlichen Nummern des Deb?ts, die allesamt ?berschattet werden von den Klassikern. Auch wenn jetzt reichlich relativiert wurde, muss man der Truppe dennoch zugestehen, ein solides Death Metal-Album zusammengeschraubt zu haben, dass sich 1995 zu Recht angemessen verkaufen lie?. Heute d?rfte man mit dem Teil allerdings nicht mehr allzu viele hinter dem Ofen vorlocken.

Harald Deschler (Legacy #80)

apocalyptic rites 6Nawet nie wiecie ile było lub jest kapel o tej nazwie … a może i wiecie. Ja na Metal Archives znalazłem chyba z 15. Ten opisywany jest akurat z Ukrainy. Kapela to niemłoda, ale zdaje się, że 10 lat przerwy miała i reaktywowała się właśnie w tym (2012) roku. Opisywany album to reedycja ich debiutu z 1996 roku. Muza jaką wykonuje Infected to Death Metal lekko myślę grind’ujący. Gęsty i raczej szybki i średnio tempowy z wyraźnymi wpływami Death, Jest trochę łamania rytmu, ale bez jakichś karkołomnych jazd. Muzycznie dosyć prosto, szorstko i siermiężnie, ale brutalnie i zawodowo. Gitary mielą klasycznie brudnym brzmieniem, bębny też raczej proste. Tak się grało w tamtym okresie. Ciekawi mnie jak po latach będzie wyglądała ich muza bo ten materiał jest bardzo przyzwoity.

Apocalyptic Rites 'zine #6

 

Infected concoct a brand of old school brutal death that we shall call 'brutal Kiev', because thats where they come from. With five releases to their name, the first being a video in 1993, I'll assume they're veterans of the east block brootal scene. Brual Kiev is all about old school, drums that sound like cardboard boxes, MT2 guitar sound and a bone dry mix, and I think I did hear the bass on occasion. Normally I'd tell the band to get a life and welcome them to the year 2013, but this album just works brilliantly for me, it seems like a totally honest representation of what Infected are about, doing what they dig doing best.
No school like the old school.

7/10
AV Veratu (Averatu)

rlyeh 11Płyta Ukraińskiej załogi, która właśnie kręci się w odtwarzaczu, jest reedycją ich debiutu z 1996 roku, a okazją, do „odgrzania” tego albumu jest zapewne reaktywacja zespołu po dobrych 10ciu latach niebytu. No i przyznać trzeba, że ten INFECTED to nie byle jaka kapela. Szybkie gitary, potężne brzmienie- no rasowy Death Metal, o jaki wcale dziś nie jest łatwo. Kolejne kawałki trzymają równy, całkiem wysoki poziom ocierając się momentami o pionierów gatunku. Łapię się na tym, że pisząc te słowa i słuchając tego materiału, dosłownie zamieram słysząc wspaniałą gitarową robotę w np. „Eternel Question Of Existence”, czy przypominający wczesny DEICIDE „V.I.P.”. Takie motywy dosłownie urywają łeb, a dodawszy do tego spory ładunek nieokrzesanej surowości otrzymujemy pierwszorzędny defior, jakiego nie powstydziliby się wielcy starożytni gatunku. I właśnie do Maniaków tych piekielnych dźwięków rodem z „zaczarowanej dekady”  jest ten materiał adresowany. No i mamy „bonus”, ostatni numer nie pochodzi z archiwalnego materiału, lecz jest nowym, premierowym kawałkiem. Można powiedzieć tylko, że INFECTED trzyma poziom. I o to chodzi!

8,5/10
R'Lyeh #11

 

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