Infinitus Mortus - The conspiracy of love 3.5/5

Reviewed: 12-1-12





Tracklist:

1. Heart of stone
2. Plain hearts
3. Love is not
4. Un-happily ever after
5. Dissolve
6. Beauty, lust, a fake love
7. One with the system
8. Your sin
9. Love song
10. Dance of seduction
11. Black wings


Infinitus Mortus is a symphonic/gothic metal band from New Jersey that was created in 2008 by Steve Megna, who had previously been a part of some local bands, but he decided to start something new and therefore the band was born. It's obvious that Steve is quite a musician, as he handles the guitars, bass, keys and drums, leaving room for only the vocals. He grabbed local vocalist Tara, who is of the soprano (fairly operatic) type, and together they self-released the band's debut '2012' in 2010, which is about the Mayan prediction for the end of the world. The CD was a decent start, though it certainly has the feel of a debut - the songwriting is merely average and Tara seems to be off key just a bit in spots, for a few quick examples. Still, it got the band going, and it is okay for a debut.

'The conspiracy of love', which is about the superficiality of love, is the band's 2nd CD, and it was self-released this year. Tara is no longer the vocalist however, as she has been replaced by Caitlin Meehan and Vincent James Meehan, who are sister and brother. Caitlin isn't really an operatic vocalist like Tara, but I like her performance more - she seems to fit the musical style well and is great at expressing the emotion of the songs. Vincent James has a clear voice, and while Caitlin is a better vocalist and dominates the vocal duties, Vincent James compliments her well and together they are quite good. Also worth mentioning is that additional band member Rebeca Pasquel wrote the lyrics for the CD (Steve handled the lyric editing though), and considering that all 4 members were a part of the lyrics/vocals, the end result is impressive.

Musically, the CD contains mostly mid-paced/crunchy gothic metal, but there are flashes of speed, and it's all highlighted by the symphonic elements and there are even some songs that have a slight folky feel. It's a fairly dark and emotional CD (after all, it's about love), as opposed to a bombastic and highly symphonic CD, and it's a thoroughly enjoyable listen, as all of the songs hover around a level of good to great. In addition to the change of vocalists, the songwriting is definitely better on this CD than it was on '2012', so the band has already made improvements in a few areas, and I actually feel that all of the ingredients are now in place for a successful future.

So what we have is a new band that should appeal to fans of the many female fronted symphonic/gothic metal bands, and while most of the bands in this style are from Europe, it's nice to see/hear a band like this from the states.



CLINT




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