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Replicant Infinite Mortality


Infinite Mortality
1. Acid Mirror 2. Shrine to the Incomprehensible 3. Orgasm of Bereavement 4. Reciprocal Abandonment 5. SCN9A 6. Pain Enduring 7. Nekrotunnel 8. Dwelling on the Threshold 9. Planet of Skin
2024 Transcending Obscurity
Our score 9

4/8/2024

This is one of the best metal albums of the year, possibly of the decade.

 

It’s early, but good music doesn’t care - it simply drops on your lap and it’s up to you to resonate with it. Given how good Replicant’s last album Malignant Reality was, expectations were rather high and still Infinite Mortality managed to drop a nuke on them. Remember when Charles Barkley fucking dunked on Godzilla for a Nike commercial? It’s like that just with some of the best riffs I’ve heard in a year or two.

 

 

Literally every single song on this album rips, containing absurdly melodic guitars that never forget to be dissonant and weird at the same time. The balance is struck so well, I can’t recall when I last heard riffs of this kind handled this precisely. From the door breach that is “Acid Mirror” - one of the best album intros I’ve heard in a long time - to the progressively-minded closer “Planet of Skin”, we’re treated, spoiled even, with some of the best death metal out.

 

Usually when you really get down into the weeds of progressive, technical, and avant-garde metal, you’re giving up something in the moment-to-moment listening - catchiness, heft, atmosphere, etc. - while other things take center stage. It’s to be expected in a varied album with good writers who have lots of ideas. With Infinite Mortality though, compromises aren’t made as much as they are broken. It’s like these dudes are cheating, achieving everything they want to with their music, with each song individually, at the same time with no weak sections to speak of.

 

 

Gun to my head, I can single out some faves. “Acid Mirror” is a clinic on how to hook a listener. Love the guitar leads throughout the whole track and the weighty bass at the end is so fun. “Shrine to the Incomprehensible” has one of the catchiest, meatiest riffs in its intro and I love the progression throughout. Replicant are compared favorably to the likes of Gorguts and Ulcerate - that’s well-earned here. The whole first minute of “Reciprocal Abandonment” is a rollicking deathtrip with some of the best writing on the whole album. You will not forget it any time soon. I also love the momentum “Pain Enduring” has, thanks in big part to the massive drums. It’s worth noting the album is negligently relentless for nearly its entire runtime, but it drives like the smoothest car you’ve ever handled which makes it more of a pleasure than a plight.

 

It’s fascinating, borderline worthy of study on how the New Jersey band really achieved this level of quality within the confines of the genre as well. Replicant don’t necessarily reinvent the wheel, but if the execution is this high even when adhering relatively closely to a decades-established rulebook, is that not good enough? We’ve listened to bands iterate and emulate tons over the years, some better than others, but the level of excellence on display with this one is just something else entirely.

 

 

If I’m picking nits, I’d say that Infinite Mortality ran just a biiiit long for my taste these days at around 44 minutes, but when every song is this good and you can’t fault any of them for their inclusion, that nit is unpicked. It has returned to the nit pile to be picked another day with another album. Even the interlude “SCN9A” is fine enough with its searing alien modality bisecting the album’s halves, the only respite to speak of from the ass-hammering of the rest of the project. This is effectively a perfect album and one I see myself returning to often even in a busy year like this one.

 

Bottom Line: Just listen, bro. It’s a layup if you like proggy, techy death metal. This year - hell, this month - is rife with potentially wonderful, year-defining records in the greater heavy music landscape and I will not be surprised at all when this one ends up at or very near the tippy top of the whole pile.


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anonymous 42 days ago

But is it better than Zulu?

anonymous 42 days ago

Dude needs a respite from the ass hammering

anonymous 42 days ago

At least Eliot didn't review this one. He's already show he has no clue about anything metal related.

anonymous 42 days ago

If DickRod is giving it a 9, it probably sucks. Probably won't listen to confirm either

anonymous 41 days ago

Ain't no way this achieved ZULU God Tier levels

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anonymous 40 days ago

anonymous 1 day ago At least Eliot didn't review this one. He's already show he has no clue about anything metal related If you're going to critique a critic use correct grammar r3t@rd

anonymous 40 days ago

Good lord, this site's comment sections are cancer.

anonymous 40 days ago

^Wow don't insult cancer like that dickhead.

anonymous 39 days ago

Eliot having a meltdown again and attacking misspellings?

rick____tocchet 39 days ago

Does this band have any people of color in the band??? If not, I am emailing Zulu and telling them you are racist because you gave another band a 9.

anonymous 38 days ago

If you're going to critique a critic use correct grammar r3t@rd I'm not a lambgoat reviewer, I'm just a phoneposter who only looks at Lambgoat on the shitter. Pretty obvious it was an autocorrect error considering the rest of the sentence was intact. If it makes you feel better though, then I guess I'm a retard.

anonymous 36 days ago

This good

rick____tocchet 35 days ago

Gave this a listen. This shit is boring and the lead singer is some rookie nujack screamer. Suffocation's latest album blows this out of the water. Whoever reviewed this is on the good shit.

NorthFromHere 34 days ago

I thought it was a solid 6.5/10.

anonymous 31 days ago

Egregious rip-off of Hatebreed's Proven breakdown in track 2. Respect. Get out of here with 6 minute long songs though.

anonymous 31 days ago

the writing is so bad jesus christ