Portugal's NUKLEAR INFEKTION have been steadily climbing the ladder of progress to finally hammer out the release of their debut EP Weapons of Massive Genocide.
Flying miles past their previous online teaser releases, the songs are rounded out and full of intense energy. The sound on ...Massive Genocide is raw, complete with clipping drums and a slightly muffled mix, but the quality of the actual songs shines through. If the songs rock this hard through the constraints of a seemingly shoestring recording budget, then you know Nuklear Infektion is on the right path.
The guitar work slams out riffage that includes everything from buzz saw grind (not too far removed from early Swedish death without completely stepping foot into that territory) to finger-flying spider riffs with a hefty technical aspect added. The technical input bolsters the energy already on fiery display throughout each song.
Tio's vocal work is just as brutal as the music, summoning a rage that brings to mind gruff versions of Araya and Kevill.
Songs such as the title track and The Dark Passenger are well-orchestrated primal screams of pent-up aggression, built to shatter bones. This is an unrelenting, pounding thrash assault, pure and simple.
As I mentioned, the quality of the songs burst through the relatively meager production, to the point that the sound of the recording becomes a non-issue after repeated listenings. So yes, Nuklear Infektion are on the right path and it's amazing to think that these guys will just get better from here.
Check out the Weapons of Massive Genocide EP preview video below, and if you're interested in obtaining a copy, hit the band up on their Facebook page.