In His Infernal Majesty’s Service
The metal growl is a style to be perfected, and a vocal technique that is all too often maligned. It is a skill that involves tricks of the throat and vocal chords so that the voice itself is not damaged. Many death metal vocalists also soar above their backing music. However, on In His Infernal Majesty’s Service, lead singer Angus Norder sticks to the basics and the album suffers for it. Far be it from me to tell a professional vocalist how to do his job, but Norder’s vocals lead to the ear easily tuning out what he has to say. As a result, the veteran Witchery has given the music world an album of “meh” that does what it needs to do but is not inspiring while doing it.
The album is not bad, but it is rather bargain-bin typical, which is surprising for a band with a core that has been together for twenty years. Despite interesting musical twists in some of the songs and fantastic guitar work when allowed, there isn’t a lot to keep the listener interested. The songs are short, which could be a benefit but instead allow them to all run together. In addition, there is something rather stereotypical to the song titles – each catering to goth, emo, metal stereotypes.
Overall, In His Infernal Majesty’s Service lacks creativity and creativity is one of the things that metal has always had in its corner. It’s too bad, considering it’s one of those albums that sings of what it could have been in each and every chord.
-Shauna Brock (@vegawriters)