Hypnotic Dissolution: A Review of Ifrinn’s Debut

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After less than 25 seconds into the opening track “Descent into Shining Labyrinths” you are taken directly into the scene depicted in the artwork adorning this mini-LP from Scotland’s Ifrinn. Droplets fall from the stalactites above, the dissolution of the limestone portending to the dissolution of existence that surely awaits through the portal. The acrid air reciprocating the sonic landscape. The last soured breath rushes into your lungs as you take the plunge.

On the band’s debut release, Ifrinn take the listener on a half-hour trip through a dank subterranean realm, fraught with dread and trepidation. The best description I can muster for the dominant style found here would be hypnotic blackened death metal. The release evokes thoughts vast and spacious yet without the associated lo-fi cavernous production. Ifrinn conjure this sense of endless space through the immensity of the riffing. The aforementioned hypnotic element arises due to their structure. The actual riffs tend to spread out and fill the enormous spaces, crossing multiple bars and have repeating motifs that either alternate back and forth or shift, as if the ground was quaking below your feet.

The drumming doesn’t distract from this boundlessness in any way. Sure, there are still furious blasts, relentless double-bass sections and a variety of snare-snapping fills but the overall effort works in excellent cohesion with the guitars. The bass is a little low in the mix but is still quite audible, and if you listen closely you’ll hear some subtle synth backing in places. This supporting role goes along with the intro track ‘Descent Into Shining Labyrinths’ and the penultimate offering, “Sulphurous Oscillations” being solely synth affairs. They might not quite match Sequestered Keep-level imagery, but they do serve to continue the desolate atmosphere and maintain the mesmeric trance of the spinning void.

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The album centrepiece “Dweller Within The Gulf” is the only available track for me to embed at the moment, but it gives a solid representation of what you can expect to hear from this release. Along with the final track ‘These Darkened Shrines,” it forms the most resonant and memorable portions of the album. The closing riff on the latter bringing you ever closer to the brink of the infinite nothingness. Overall, I found this to be a solid debut which has a captivating atmosphere that has the potential to transport the listener to distant realms and depths. I feel like some of these interesting ideas could be expanded upon a little further and will be curious to see how this progresses should the band pen a longer release in the future. Not a lot is currently known about the band. As I mentioned earlier, this is Ifrinn’s first offering, after being established in 2014. The member(s) have opted to remain anonymous and let the music do the talking, stating that the burden of identity would effectively undermine this concept. The MLP will be released on 12″ through the ever-fruitful Iron Bonehead Productions on March 25th.

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3.5/5 Flaming Toilets Of Hell

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Yep, digging this shit.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    #cavernmetal

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Reminds me of Vemod.

      • Goddamn, I hope we get new material from that band soon.

  • Thanks Lizard man-bro. I overlooked this one.

  • Rob M

    Good call reptile

  • Dubs

    Great, concise review, Lizardman.

  • Great review as usual, brother. You are one of the good guys in this movie we call earthly life.

    • Lacertilian

      ..

      • This was on when I was home sick yesterday. Bonus!

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          It’s always on… in my head

  • Oh, that Infernal Curse album that Beargod reviewed a while back is avalible through IBP now.

    https://ironboneheadproductions.bandcamp.com/album/infernal-curse-apocalipsis

  • COAL ROLL

    great tunes for dying to

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    Cool review, with an excellent choice of words, Lizardking. I will check this out. You always deliver the goods.
    https://youtu.be/soNcOfRvOtg

  • Dubs

    I dig that embedded track. Good stuff.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the great review!

    • Dubs

      He’s the best, really. He and Spear make the rest of us look like hacks.

      • Waynecro

        I’m always surprised and pleased by the outstanding writing from all of the Toilet’s contributors. Everyone does such a great job. I edit for a living, and I never see writing that even approaches the quality of the writing on this website. Excellent work, everyone.

        • it’s a labor of lurb.

          • Waynecro

            It’s a heartwarming thing–like a cute little puppy sneezing so hard he falls over.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Being on the east coast almost always kills the fourth post of the day for me, since I am usually busy in the last hour of work. Glad I found time today, thanks wizard lizard.

    • Lacertilian

      I’m on the (b)east coast too. It’s 8am and I’m supposed to be cutting down trees at work.

      • Dubs

        You only have one coast in Time Lizard Land. It wraps your entire godforsaken “sub” continent.

        • Guacamole Jim

          This comment reeks of gringo imperialism.

          • Dubs

            You reek of cultural appropriation and white guilt.

          • Guacamole Jim

            My culture consists entirely of cultural appropriation and white guilt. I’m Canadian. We have negative population growth without immigration, and our European forefathers fucked up the native population pretty bad.

          • That argument reeks of gringo imperialism.

        • Lacertilian

          We’re a country and a continent dammit.

          • Dubs

            You’re a part of the rebel alliance and a traitor.

          • TAKE HER AWAY!!!

      • lelz i see crop outlines.

      • more beer

        I always liked when I got to play with a chainsaw at work. Cutting down trees is much more fun than a lot of jobs.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Very cool, LizardManBro!! The drumming is very enjoyable – feels raw, yet the drummer clearly knows what he’s doing. If the production were better and it had no vocals, it could pass as Tempel in some parts.

    • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

      I liked the 3/4 section towards the end.

      • DVRKBEVRD

        showoff

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          How so?

        • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

          I believe it is actually 6/8…

          Mwahahahaha

          • DVRKBEVRD

            fractions man

            3 / 4 = 6 / 8

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            Now I’m really going to sound like a pretentious shiw off… there is a musical difference between 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures.

          • DVRKBEVRD

            lolol i know

          • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

            My man!

          • DVRKBEVRD
          • Everybody over 30 do this with your hand! Everybody in a red shirt jump up and down!

  • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

    I’m very interested to hear how the rest of this half hour trip plays out.

    • Lacertilian

      The embedded track is probably the strongest example. After hearing it around new years I was hassling Papa Joe for the promo like a fiend.

      • Boss the “Hoss” Ross

        Haha!

  • Sounds good…through my phone that is…

  • Now that I can actually hear the vocals they’re a tad goofy.
    But.
    The music remains intriguinguing.

    • DVRKBEVRD

      did i ever tell you that we used to call cocaine “richter” in a certain part of the mountains?

      • I believe that was one of the first things you ever said to me.
        And I will remember it always.

        • DVRKBEVRD

          my nose always gets a little tingly when i see you post bb

          • My beard gets tingly when I see you post.
            Which is weird because I don’t have a beard.
            (Phantom limb syndrom?)

          • DVRKBEVRD

            thats my beards gravitational effect on other peoples’ beards. like the moon be doing.

  • DVRKBEVRD

    well, i believe i so called NCs primary results a couple months back

  • 365ChaosRiddenDays

    Nice review, I’ve heard two songs only until now that are excellent (Dweller Within The Gulf, These Darkened Shrines) but of course I will listen to the whole thing and I might say that Iron Bonehead never fails.

    • Lacertilian

      They’re my fave two songs of the 3 riff-based tracks.