On Saturday 08 August, Infanteria will be bring the thrash and co-headlining our WinterFest’15 festival of metal alongside fellow Cape Town greats, Mind Assault. Having established themselves as a band in 2006, Infanteria were slow off the starting block with their debut release Isolated Existence, also being their first full-length, only appearing after six years in 2013. Incidentally, this was launched at their last M4A appearance at SummerFest’13. Although relatively deep into their career, this debut was a classic example of what a band can achieve when biding their time to find a solid musical direction and refining their songwriting skills before just leaping into the studio. Since Isolated Existence, the band have catapulted into the the hearts of South Africa’s metal scene and beyond. In the same year, Infanteria went through to the finals of the Wacken Metal Battle in Germany to represent their country, and if anybody had their doubts then, those can now be smashed by last months sterling release of a follow-up full length, Where Serpents Conquer.
“Nobody has slammed the album yet. In fact, reviews have all been really great so far. One reputable USA-based metal website – a metal state of mind – even ranked Where Serpents Conquer as the top contender for ‘thrash album of the year’ so far.” ~ Chris Hall (vocals/guitar, Infanteria)
When asked about more public feedback, Chris explains how that in the short time since release, many new fans have emerged following the album’s dynamic approach.
“There are people who didn’t care much for us before, now coming forward and complimenting the new album. It seems like there is a song on there for everyone.” ~ Chris Hall
Sales of the album have been reported as steady and strong, with a difference now being that many are bought not only at gigs as is typical of ‘the South African way’. Chris tells us that sales have been roughly 50/50 between hardcopy and digital release, but that a generous portion are actually from overseas.
“We’ve been shipping quite a few to abroad; mostly Germany and the USA; but we are surprised to be getting a good few orders out of new territories, like Brazil.” ~ Chris Hall
This is great news, especially following that the band’s original launch was derailed when Cape Town venue, Mercury Live, cancelled all bookings and shut it’s doors. In a short time, the band were able to salvage the launch by moving to nearby ROAR.
“Mercury would have been great for it’s live production value, but ROAR actually turned out to be just perfect. It was a full-house show and the extra week with the change of date turned out to be invaluable for refining preparations” ~ Chris Hall
At the band’s WinterFest’15 appearance this weekend, Chris described how the album launch preparations have primed them for the co-headlining slot:
“The album launch was the first show where we actually felt 100% cohesive, considering that our newest member, Adrian, has not done so many shows with us yet. But we’re there now, and we’re bringing a lot of the new songs into the set. Already people are making requests for the new stuff live. We’re really excited to be a part of WinterFest’15. There is an atmosphere of freshness around the show and for ourselves; new venue, new crowd, new songs!” ~ Chris Hall
Infanteria will be performing at 23h30. Full event details can be viewed at the official facebook event page, or at the M4A press release. This is one not to be missed! Below is a video from Infanteria which recaps the creation of Where Serpents Conquer to whet your appetite.