Feeling bored and/or down in the dumps lately? You might need some Sci Fi themed progressive death metal to cure your ills. Take Irreversible Mechanism from Minsk, Belarus for example. In my opinion, this band, along with their latest album, Infinite Fields, is the perfect picker-upper for anyone looking to add to their metal playlist. Founded by guitarist Vladislav Nekrash in 2012, IM avoids the cliches typically associated with their genre, by crafting song structures that deliberately avoid said cliches. There are no deathcore bass drops, constant blast beats over tremolo riffs, or overly dramatic doom sections. They do incorporate keyboards, but there are no Winds of Plague styled beatdown synth sections, or Cradle of Filth styled theatrics. In a way, as you’ll hear on Infinite Fields, their music is a kind of guessing game as to which component of the band is going to blow your mind next. Their songs have the kind of diversity that leave you wondering if the drums, keys, guitars, bass or vocals, or all the elements at once, are going to keep their always intensified mood going.
I have to admit, the first thing that drew me to this band was not their music; it was their beautiful science fiction themed artwork, masterfully crafted by Par Olofsson. I typically find myself lucking out that way. I’ll see a kick ass album cover, listen to the band and I usually end up liking the band’s music afterwards. If you’re going to check out any song by IM first, I’d recommend either “Into the Void” or the title track from their debut, “Infinite Fields”. 2 bands that should instantly come to mind are Dimmu Borgir in the early 2000s and Behemoth pre The Satanist. Also, for you tech death fans, if you listen to the guitar work in these songs, you’ll also hear some Origin styled sweeps and Necrophagist styled runs that are expertly complimented by demonic guttural lows and equally demonic mids and highs from vocalist/bassist, Yaroslav Korotkin. These guys also remind me of early Abigail Williams, along with any Fleshgod Apocalypse material.
Drummer, Lyle Cooper is no stranger to textbook death metal drumming with a technical death metal edge to it. Even in certain measures where the keys and guitars might be boringly slow, the drum fills and other drumming intricacies are there to send you cruising into oblivion. In fact, the only constructive criticism I can give about their debut album is the abruptness of some of their clean or orchestral sections. Some of the dropouts in songs like “Into the Void”, seem out of place, but such segments always seem to build back up into something glorious, so it’s never a matter of great concern.
Ultimately, I hope to reach some of you with this write-up and convince at least a handful of our readers to give Infinite Fields a try. The album is available for free download here. With that, I’ll leave you with an idea for a future article I got while I was writing this one. Just how important is your album art? Does it influence one’s perspective on a band’s music? In the digital age, I’ve noticed that more and more people are neglecting album covers and inserts, etc. Personally, I’ve been roped into buying several albums based solely on their covers. If I see an album and get that instant “Holy fuck!” reaction, I’m going to listen to it without question. Whether I follow through and buy the music is more dependent on the music itself, but artwork still played an important role in the decision. I’ll be back with this one soon, but for now, listen to Irreversible Mechanism and buy their sweet H.R. Giger portfolio looking merch here!