You could take a pretty educated guess as to the genre of The Infernal Sea's music before hearing so much as a note.
Hailing from East Anglia, UK, this black-metal quartet have made their aesthetic as much a part of their overall appeal as their diabolically heavy tunes, donning black robes and a combination of rune-inscribed and plague doctor-style facemasks.
But the costumes are no gimmick – these guys possess musical ability in bountiful supply. A cursory listen to Negotium Crucis – the band's second full-length – is enough to prove that.
Take Befallen Order, for example. Guitarist Jonathan Egmore perfectly blends melody with brutality, deploying a clutch of rapid-fire riffs over a savage blastbeat backdrop.
He joins us today, attired in his full plague doctor getup – very apt for the times, we know – to play through the track in full.
- The Infernal Sea's new album Negotium Crucis is available now via Apocalyptic Witchcraft.