Infinitum Obscure- Sub Atris Caelis

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, February 5, 2011

Infinitum Obscure is one of the newer bands to join the Mexican death metal scene, but the group is made up of members who have spent time in a number of different acts over the years. After releasing a full length album in 2006, the band returned in 2009 with a new release entitled Sub Atris Caelis. Like some of their peers, Infinitum Obscure combines death metal with some black metal influences and while they do offer some interesting ideas from time to time there is just too much filler and it holds this effort back.

The songs on Sub Atris Caelis are equal parts black metal and death metal, as there are parts that really blur the lines between the two. When the instrumentalists really put their mind to it and attempt to create a mix of fast paced and mid-tempo riffs they do a great job of grabbing your attention and keeping it. Although Infinitum Obscure is reminiscent of a number of other Mexican metal bands, they have a few tricks here and there that gives their music a slightly different tone and overall feel (and it also helps that their production values are a bit better than many of their peers). However, the biggest problem I have with this effort is that there are three instrumental tracks and the album is only 38 minutes long. Instrumental/interlude songs aren’t necessarily a bad thing but the ones that these guys offer sound a little too similar to one another and stall the momentum that the faster songs generate.

Vocalist Roberto Lizarraga has a powerful and commanding growl that is well suited to Infinitum Obscure’s overall sound. While some death metal bands have had issues with their vocalists getting buried underneath the instrumentals, Lizarraga often towers above the arrangements and sounds genuinely evil at times. His vocals are part of what makes Infinitum Obscure have a black metal vibe, as his shrieks/growls sound much closer to that genre rather than the extremely low pitched growls that dominate death metal currently. The quality of his screams makes it baffling that the band would decide to write so many instrumental tracks, as you would think they would want to highlight Lizarraga’s vocals more often.

Sub Atris Caelis isn’t a bad album but it just doesn’t have enough standout moments to really be a must have. Infinitum Obscure needs to move away from the instrumental interludes and either write more fast paced, riff driven songs or implement the atmospheric/melodic ideas into other songs instead of making them individual tracks. If you’re a major fan of this style this effort may still be worth checking out, otherwise I would move on to something else and wait to see if these guys improve in the years to come.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by MetalHit

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