Making strong waves from the American scenes of Black Metal, Pestis Inferos have just dropped their new EP Beyond the Veil of Light. This is equipped with enough raw energy and evil sounding riffs to make its mark - or at least scold you trying.
Packed into this EP is a range of standard blast beats, tremolo picking and fast riffs, whilst layering a very guttural snarl of vocals. This can sometimes feel forced but it is generally a fitting vocal style to the ferocity of the rest of the EP. The guitar riffs rage like a sea of fire and manage to steal the show throughout the EP. Tracks like 'Invoking the Sigil' being amongst the best in the release. Here, in 'Invoking the Sigil', the drums make for a force to be reckoned with in layering some effective and punishing beats to the rest of the track.
When Beyond the Veil of Light excels it lines up like all elements converging on a single focal point. The unfortunate side of this, is that the rest of the EP gets drowned and overshadowed by this. Bands like Carpathian Forest and Gorgoroth have similar approaches to their music and manage to be more consistent and memorable.
Pestis Inferos show a lot of promise and, especially for Black Metal fans, throw some good tracks into the mix: 'Invoking the Sigil' and 'Poison Falling Star', especially. Where the EP struggles is when it loses itself in a tried and true sound done well – even amongst its own tracks. Undoubtedly, Pestis Inferos will only get better with time.