Infested by Anger
Style: Teutonic Power Metal
Release date: 26 October, 2012
Playing time: 62:33

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The band stayed underground for 12 years before releasing their first album 'Kingdoms of Your Life' in 1999. They have been releasing albums on a rather regular base since then, this 'Infested by Anger' is their fifth. The music on the earlier albums is European (read: German) power metal, influenced by bands such as Helloween and Gamma Ray. On this new record they add more US-metal influences and harmonic Maiden-like twin guitars.

After an intro, the music of the first track "Gods of War" reminds a bit of old Judas Priest, which if executed well is no problem. Nothing wrong so far, but the band just doesn't impress me. First of all, the vocals of Oli Strasser; he tries to sound like Rob Halford at times, but he constantly derails or sounds a bit false. To me it starts irritating after a while. Another element is the US-metal influence they talk about. I would call that a Manowar influence. A lot of songs sound like Battle metal and there are musical similarities with their colleagues Majesty. Listen to the tracks like: "My Last Breath", "Time to Bleed" and "Death Shall Rise" with gang shouting refrains and the Manowar link is clear. I am not sure if this style change will bring them a lot more.

The songs are too cliché and due to the false vocals and gang shouting the band sounds like a cheap mix of Judas Priest and Manowar to me. Looking at the tons of new material released every month, I personally would not spend my money on this one.


01. Call of Ares
02. Gods of War
03. The Parachute Infantry
04. Death From Above
05. My Last Breath
06. Black Friday
07. Time to Bleed
08. 300
09. Endless Pain
10. By Fire and Sword
11. A Knight
12. Dead Shall Rise
13. Hellheart
14. Only Dust
15. Infested by Anger

Label: Pure Steel Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 26 October, 2012