Infernal Rock N’ Roll
Israeli black/thrash metal! Promiscuity is probably the first ever metal band that I encounter so far out of Israel, and one short year after their formation they release their first material in the form of the 3-track demo, Infernal Rock N’ Roll, promising a fun, thrashy yet evil, good time. This indeed leaves one wondering what the band’s music is gonna sound like…
The opening title track Infernal Rock N’ Roll throws the listener off his feet with Bill Haley‘s Rock Around the Clock (what a fitting song) at the background introducing the listener to the band, but it doesn’t take long for one to realise that this is just one of the band’s effort at putting in a tongue-in-cheek, humorous moment in preparation for what’s to come after that. The band’s music is old school as fuck, and easily reminds one of the early material of pioneering black/thrash metal bands as Venom and the Japanese maniacs Sabbat, especially in the riffs that are unleashed by guitarist Butcher. Bassist Werewolf also gets his time to shine, such as on the bass leads on the intro of Crime and Punishment.
While there is nothing particularly innovative over here, Promiscuity show their proficiency in the old school, with the songs on Infernal Rock N’ Roll being extremely good tributes to black/thrash metal pioneers, at the same time remaining extremely catchy throughout, ensuring that necks get sufficiently sore despite its short run time of under 12 minutes. The personal highlight on the demo are the lead guitars. These reek of that old school charm, not overly flamboyant yet shreddy enough to bring one back to the early 80s, especially with the old school heavy metal-styled solos on Crime and Punishment. The raw and downright dirty production quality also helps in making Infernal Rock N’ Roll sound as dirty as it possibly can, at the same time ensuring that nothing gets too muddy, with none of the instruments being buried in the mix. The only real gripe is that this album lasts for way too short, leaving the listener hanging just as the fun is getting started.