The Infection (Limited Edition) Limited Edition
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There are many aspects of The Infection that are similar to their previous releases, such as the musical part; it's often very predictable, such as in "Secrets of the Dead" the last bar after the first chorus, before the second verse, they return with the tuplet theme that is matched by the drums on the snare... Very Chimaira. Rob's solos on The Infection are very reminiscent of the solos on Resurrection, as well (which is not necessarily a bad thing!)
The only other negative comment I have about this album is that there are several very awkward tempo changes in various songs, for example at a couple points in "The Venom Inside," the tempo changes are almost jolting to listen to; it's like someone is shaking you and turning you in the opposite direction unexpectedly.
Negative comments aside, I absolutely love Rob Arnold's style of guitar-playing. He creates the feel for the entire band, and it's certainly present on The Infection. Mark Hunter has taken some new approaches to his vocals, mixing the low-end vocals with his normal high's, and he even takes a whispering-singing approach on "Impending Doom," which is very, very eerie. Andols Herrick has further proven himself as the master of the double bass, which seems to be his main focus, although on this album he does dip his toes a little more into blast beats and several other techniques that have been used scarcely in Chimaira's past.
Overall, this album is good- not great. It takes some conditioning to get used to it, but songs like "Coming Alive" and "On Broken Glass" definitely save The Infection being tossed aside.
Now for infection; I have to say, this is the first CD I bought in 2009 that I wasn't disappointed by. The first thing i noticed is that all the songs were alot slower and alot heavier from the other two CD's i listened to. After one play through I wasnt sure what to think, it caught me off guard. Upon subsequent playthroughs i started to really like the CD, its a refreshing new direction and style compared to previous CD's and its definitely heavy as can be.
Now all I have to do is listen to "pass out of existence" and "chimaira" which i look forward to with great anticipation and hope.
After The band became the darlings of the metal community with `The Impossibility of Reason,' Chimaira have set out on a path to create the perfect metal album, with their very progressive and dense self titled album they proved they could be artistic as well as brutal and with `Ressurection,' the band mixed super slow numbers with break neck speeds to create a varied and interesting listening experience.
With `The Infection,' it almost seems like Chimaira are fearlessly taking the parts of their debut album that did work (Think `Severed,' and parts of `Sphere,' or `Painting the White to Grey,') mixing them with the slower moments from `Resurrection,' (Think `Killing the Beast,' and `The Flame,') and making the whole mix both fun and relevant to modern metal.
The whole album forges along at a mid tempo pace, sounding for the most part like the breakdowns from your average NWOAHM song turned into an entire song. The emphasis, for the entire album is firmly on `Groove.'
This is by no means a bad thing, as The Infection is one of the most intricate, fun and heavy releases modern metal has to offer. Chimaira fearlessly seek groove after groove without once resorting to killer speeds just for the sake of balance, a refreshing attitude by any band.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is a true test of time for metal heads and metal fans. If you loved Resurrection then you'll love The Infection even more. Truly a masterpiece by Chimaira. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am a huge Chimaira fan i have everything from the original copy of Present Darkness all the way to their last album Crown of Phantoms. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andrew Lynch
First off, let's get something straight. This album is definitely not like any of their past or future albums. This is totally different. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alexander Valdez
Although the choruses on the venom inside and frozen in time area little weak, this whole album kills it! It's the last one with the REAL chimaira on it and truly was great work.Published 20 months ago by Jeff
This is a good record I recently purchased in 2014 I kept holding off for 5 years since I had all of their albums I figured it's time to get the only one I never bought. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Raines