Axl Rose has nothing on Infrared. Chinese Democracy took 11 years to record. Infrared’s debut album, No Peace, which was released in 2016, took 27 years.
The songs were written during the band’s time at Cairine Wilson Secondary school. In Orleans, Ontario, and then, as their press release says, “life happened and members took different paths and the music, that was hot in the underground metal scene and loved by demo tape traders near and far, went dormant for 27 years!” Fast-forward to 2015. The guys (Alain Groulx on drums, Armin Kamal on vocals and guitar, Kirk Gidley on guitar and Mike Forbes on bass) all ended up in the same town and decided to resurrect the tunes they had written all those years ago.
Listening to these songs is a walk down Memory Lane for me. I remember seeing these guys play around town and I believe at a high school talent show. (Or maybe that was Nympho Fred! Did they get shut down? Help me out here all you Orleans folks.)
These songs are 27 years old which means they were written at the time of The Big 4’s (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) rise to power.
It is easy to hear that Infrared were influenced by the aforementioned bands…and there’s nothing wrong with that. No Peace grabs you by the balls from the first power chords of Inframental and doesn’t let up until the final note of In Search Of.
No Peace is a no frills, in your face thrash album. If you’ve ever listened to early Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, this album is right up your alley.
Kamal and Gidley wail like the thrashers of the 80s. Forbes and Groulx are an exceptional rhythm section. The songs are fast, powerful and thought provoking. It’s just good, new old-school thrash from a new, old band.
Inframental – The album’s first track is the perfect start to the album. It sets the tone perfectly for what follows. Rapid fire drumming and a steady dose of power chords get this tune moving in the right direction.