Circumstances can be a real bitch sometimes. How else can you explain Fifth To Infinity’s miserable predicament? The band was formed way back in 1997 but is yet to see the light of day! They were about to release their debut album in 2000 but it was put to rest even before recordings could complete. Eight years later, founding member Jonas Reslan reunited with drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth) to revive the band. They recruited bassist David Lindh in 2013 to finally start the recording process of their debut album again. However, without any major update after October 2014 on their Facebook page and barely any news about the album release on the Internet, nobody’s sure whether the album is really happening or not. However, I consider myself really lucky to be able to witness this artistic brilliance of their debut album titled ‘Omnipotent Transdimensional Soulfire’. Fifth To Infinity’s distinct sound is an amalgamation of ambient Black Metal with traces of Progressive Metal. They deliver a sound that is beautifully melancholic at one moment and brutally chaotic at the next, throwing the listener into a roller coaster of emotions.
Fifth To Infinity makes you drool with anticipation as itsdark instrumental opener “Intro – VindarFrån De OsaligasÄngder” slowly consumes your attention, building up an eerie presence in your headspace with a mix of poignant harmonies and haunting notes.It’s a fairly lengthy track considering the typical length of an instrumental intro, however, it seldom derails the attention of the listener. In fact, the haunting melodies get cemented in your brains long after you finish listening to the album. The ambience gets even more sinister as the album progresses with tracks like “Reaper’s Wake” and “Masters Unbound”, alternating between slow ambient passages and short bursts of Black Metal belligerence. Reslan’s devilish snarls of anguish pierce through the combination of fluttering tremolo riffage and ambient melodic passages to suck the listener into a whirling vortex of sound. Lopez is brilliant as usual behind the kit and does bring in a tinge of the older and darker Opeth influences into the band’s sound especially on tracks like “Death Shall Wake Us All”. Reslan’s guitar work is epic and atmospheric as he weaves in haunting melodic notes into the Black Metal chaos. Lindh matches the percussion perfectly providing a meaty lower end to the distortion. The compositions ensure that he has ample of space to be heard on the mix and Lindh fills it up nicely on tracks like “Masters Unbound”and “Death Shall Wake Us All”.
The songwriting on this album is very impressive as the compositions provide enough twists and turns to make the band stand out from the clutter of Black Metal bands that we get to listen these days. Tracks like “The Will To Harm”and “The Fall Of The Seven” sneak up to your ear drums with their melancholic initial moments only to explode into a chaotic storm of Black Metal aggression. “Death Shall Wake Us” features Dan Dark (Torch) and is one of the faster songs on this album that takes the intensity up by a few notches. It sheds away the mellow melodic parts almost entirely and gives us a purely belligerent Black Metal monster. It’s also one of the longest tracks on the album running beyond seven minutes. The album comes to a full circle with the final track “The Blessings of Annihilation” repeating the haunting melody of the opener but substituting the melancholy with pure rage. Reslan’s whispered vocals after the midway mark and his blood curdling cries during the final moments sent chills running down my spine. Lopez’s relentless double bass and Reslan’s moody and atmospheric rhythms combine to give an epic farewell to this album.
To sum up, this album deserves to be released and listened by every Metalhead. Gems like these mustrise from the underground and shine through. Although the band has definitely lost significant time in releasing the album but I can safely say that their material still sounds fresh as ever.
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