4,3 / 5
"The great thing about this release is that it would certainly appeal to all fans of Folk Metal, but it could also become a fantastic “point of entry” for people who really enjoy other forms of Metal, from Thrash to classic Heavy!"
(Folk N' Metal)
9 / 10
"INFINITAS is an innovative band that perfectly combines Folk Music with elements of Heavy and Thrash Metal … their albums have a great musical quality!"
(European Folk Metal)
4 / 5
"… if INFINITAS continue on this path, I'm sure the next full-length will be a Folk Metal bomb! I wait impatiently …"
(All Around Metal)
8,5 / 10
"Interesting EP by the Swiss, which have an impressive ratio of Folk Metal … they are not just another ones that present a hard 'n' heavy facet quite interesting although the voice of Andrea Böll sends us to more gothic stops … the title track is quite addictive, as the rest are not far behind … very good, we want to hear more."
(World Of Metal)
7 / 10
"… very pleasant both for the excellent teamwork and for the powerful performance of the singer Andrea Böll … seduced by the catchy refrain of the title-track, approaches the sound of the band from Muotathal."
7 / 10
"The medieval concept, which had distinguished the pieces that compose the debut work, is accentuated in this single … the melodic and folky Thrash of the group is stripped from the purely Metal component to leave dreamy semi-acoustic atmospheres … bring us back into the fairy world where Infinitas find their muse in the wonderful singer Andrea Böll."
7 / 10
"From the land of Heidi … goes from the fans of Wizard Of Oz to those of Ensiferum, through the fans of Rhapsody and many others … think it can be the entry door of the most melodic and festive audience to more powerful styles."
(Science Of Noise)
68 / 100
"… clearly highlights the Folk side of INFINITAS 'Skylla' opens this release nicely with a driven and energetic sounding piece of music in which the beautiful vocals and the beautiful violin play start to get the most attention."
"… the right word for title track 'Skylla' is delicious. The rhythm, singer Andrea Böll’s voice, additional violins, and everything in 'Skylla' is perfect."
"INFINITAS demonstrates how creativity has to be with their single 'Skylla'. If you've always liked the folk aspect between your Thrash Metal, you'll get even more at your expense here ..."
"With their first single, INFINITAS show that they can convince without hard riffs ... a HAMMER EP! Varied and clean produced."
"For me one of the coolest bands of the day … competent musicians, singers with beautiful voices, clever instrumentation and a great ability to write songs with an almost pop footprint, but without forgetting the weight required for an Heavy Metal band … the title song is simply delicious."
"... worth listening to! If you have a penchant for rustic sounds in combination with harder Metal sounds, then you should listen to INFINITAS ... the Swiss are able to create a rousing mood ..."
10 / 10
"… claimed its place in the annals of Metal history, and a new kind of awesome was born … stellar … this is the beginning of something impossibly both primal and new; this is, hopefully, the new face of Metal music."
96 / 100
"INFINITAS have hit the mark and I hope they can continue on this path for a long time. I advise you to recover the album as soon as possible, because it really deserves a lot."
(Heavy Metal Heaven)
95 / 100
"… ideas are everywhere and talent mixed with ingenuity … very remarkable. This is their debut album and talk about a second album maybe it's too early, but by the time that happens they will surely structure something that will be very interesting, congratulations."
4,5 / 5
"All in all, all the songs are going through some exciting developments (correspondingly the playing times of the tracks are sometimes pretty long) … they also pass - consumed separately - outside the concept and do not make the album boring even after the umpteenth listen."
9 / 10
"… that this band has no label in the back is actually incomprehensible ... INFINITAS score with superior songwriting and independence."
9 / 10
"… intense and wonderful journey. The violin collaborations and the choirs merge with mastery in each song … we could only think of another group of Swiss Folk Metal, but as we listen to each song and each change of tone in the voice, we immerse ourselves in a good dose of Thrash Metal that will not leave anyone indifferent."
4 / 5
"… the addition of a Folk element takes the music to another level. A really cool album."
8,7 / 10
(World Of Metal)
8,5 / 10
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' offers ten pieces that invite to enjoy the delight ... INFINITAS prove that a clear concept and the consistent pursuit of one's own musical visions can produce good."
8,5 / 10
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is an interesting masterpiece, combining the best of Heavy and Folk Metal together to create a sound that is not just full of upbeat euphoria, but also captures the very essence of what Metal is all about."
(Global Metal Apocalypse)
8,5 / 10
"… striking debut album, chock full of awesome Folk/Metal. The striking, concise and extremely powerful voice of frontwoman Andrea sings the compositions with dedication … the complex arranged, elaborate staged interplay of guitar, violin, bass and drums cooperates in an ingenious way, and it all goes together rather nicely."
8,5 / 10
"INFINITAS manages to reach a balance that only gains points to their music. The vocals are feminine and they vary between the aggressive torn, going through the melodic and the more taxes that are the natural lines of Andrea Böll … beautiful work … worth checking."
8,5 / 10
"… beautiful work …"
(Portal Do Inferno)
82 / 100
"… a quite varied concept album. Singer Andrea has a nice pleasant voice, no opera or roar, and we prefer it. The Folk section is greatly enhanced by the use of certain instruments such as the violin, clarinet and an e-recorder … the album sounds really great … production and finishing is really very thick for an self-financed product! Especially the CD booklet looks fantastic … good value for money!"
8 / 10
"Anyone who has always wanted the change between hard and mystical sounds, likes demonic stories and enjoys some goosebumps with the female voices, should get the album absolutely!"
8 / 10
"INFINITAS deliver a very strong debut album with 'CIVITAS INTERITUS'. It succeeds ... to easily combine two otherwise rather strange styles Thrash and Folk Metal with each other. Both the powerful, varied voice of frontwoman Andrea Böll and the talented instrumental fraction are driving factors for the decent quality of the musical works …"
8 / 10
"… 'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is full of musical moxie that pulls you along in more ways than one. It takes a lot of elements to bring a good story to life. But INFINITAS brilliantly managed that feat with a crafty and pretty unique brand of hefty Folk Metal. A welcome change from the usual fare that bands in this genre like to throw at you."
8 / 10
"… an interesting mix of genres … predominantly folk … fantasy concept …"
8 / 10
"When the guitars connect, I get a feeling that I am listening to Skyclad … there is a good balance between the melodic and heavy parts in the music of INFINITAS … I really like the artwork of the album a lot."
78 / 100
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is a good product, a great business card for INFINITAS, a very interesting debut … surely this disc will please those who usually hear Epic Metal and those who love Thrash with different influences."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
7,5 / 10
"… a pretty good record full of melodic Thrash with some Folk elements added for extra drama and ambience … songs flow well together making good use of each instrument … another great Swiss band to follow."
11 / 15
"A real highlight of the album, which never stingy with beautiful melodies and at the same time does not exaggerate with the Thrash elements, then is the very folky song 'Samael', which comes up with a lot of violin, but also some metallic outbursts. It is exemplary for the effect of the entire concept album, in whose action one is immediately drawn in and experiences vividly all ups and downs, moments of happiness and horror, clear and 'hearteningly' full of variety."
7,3 / 10
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is a delightful job, at times suggestive, in others more suitable for emptying dark beer mugs in some fanatical feast between the Swiss valleys: an album to have fun and why not even dream."
(In Your Eyes)
70 / 100
"… solid, pleasing, and especially hard-powered … Heavy / Power / Epic / Folk … but also Thrash and Death Metal …"
(The Pit Of The Damned)
7 / 10
"… the riffs are well done, the voice fits, the atmosphere is dense and the songwriting per se is not from bad parents ... hereupon, quiet and brute parts push each other the door-handle into the hand … the variety comes in any case not too short and with the great 'Amon', the adventurous' Skylla' as well as my personal highlight 'Samael' INFINITAS also has quite hot irons in the fire."
7 / 10
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is Heavy Rock, fast Folk MeloDeath and then again very reduced Folk in the true sense ... here is everything thrown from the fast Metal to silent flotations and INFINITAS can score with it."
7 / 10
"… to draw a stylistic limit of its own increases the quality level often times. And this is already very high at INFINITAS. In addition, they play with such a charm and an unpolished attitude, which every band will lose over the years ... the originality grows with every breath, with every violin line."
9 / 15
"… ... mix of Heavy Metal and Folk parts, enriched with a slight Thrash impact as well as progressive elements ... it becomes clear that INFINITAS put a lot of value on variety in their compositions … the tempo is constantly varied, and singer Andrea Böll also shows that she has more than just one style in her repertoire, but the feeling for catchy melodies also shows the band more than once impressively ('Samael') ... good mood and movement in the neck area ... with "CIVITAS INTERITUS", INFINITAS definitely has set a good fragrance as a band."
"Surely one of the highlights of the Swiss scene in 2017 ... from the first minute on addictive!"
"… an appealing work ... which combines Metal (sometimes goes violently) with medieval elements."
"The mix of the musical genres sounds quite interesting, because it inspires by modern Heavy Metal with Folk background and some hits in the direction of Thrash Metal. The Swiss made the album very medieval and sound partly very mystical … but works really great. I wouldn't know a band from the stand, which mixes these genres so well …"
(Heavy Stage Force.rocks)
"INFINITAS understands the art of invoking that unique atmosphere of the Swiss mountains in their music. Both the sweet and the hard reality. Offering a wide range of courageous instrumental pieces, 'CIVITAS INTERITUS' ultimately makes a pretty unique pearl in both Heavy Metal and Folk Metal."
"… does blend Folk and Power Metal styles, but packs more of a punch than might be expected … the balance of the bludgeoning Metal hammering with the rich harmonic Folk/Neo-Classical overlays and Böll's banshee-like vocals results in the whole INFINITAS package … excellent work …"
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is an interesting, well-made album with some really beautiful songs … heard with great pleasure."
"INFINITAS is definitely doing something unique with their music and it makes them a band you really should check out."
"… a debut album which makes easy work of capturing the imagination as it storms the senses … it is easy to hear why too as the release soon reveals itself a web of creative intrigue and drama with a sound much more than that earlier description suggests. In its cauldron you will find as rich an essence of Folk and extremes of Metal as Thrash with elements of Power and Gothic Metal similarly woven into its inventive tapestry."
(The Ringmaster Review)
"… bands like INFINITAS are the ones which makes us proud of the creativity and quality they give us. “Civitas Interitus” is an effort full of sonic contradictions, and … I love these contradictions … a big hail … you rock hard!"
"What distinguishes INFINITAS sound wise from Folk Metal is their emphasis on odd melody and catchiness, along with noticeable classic Thrash influence."
(Dave Wolff - Autoeroticasphyxium Zine)
"… a good job …"
"'CIVITAS INTERITUS' is more diverse and open up for different music influences and techniques than many other Metal Folk albums. I quickly came to conclusion that INFINITAS is a much more challenging band for me because I found it impossible to catch all details in music when I played the album for the first time. This release is a must go for every fan of the genre and you can expect a little more from them when comes to super cool instrumental arrangements."
"'Release Of The Year' from Switzerland"
(Global Metal Apocalypse)
"… a great job done by this not so young Swiss … impressive album.“
"INFINITAS juggling Folk, Thrash, Heavy, Power, Symphonic and Death Metal balls - and rarely in predictable directions ... the frontwoman is ready for any situation ..."
Muotathal • Switzerland
Folk Heavy Metal
June 06th 2019
Following the success of the 'snuff-prevention' video clip ‚Rudra‘, the Swiss FOLK HEAVY METAL hopefuls INFINITAS have released their 2nd Lyric Video"Amon" on June 06th 2019.
The song is about the lives of many people who do a job that gives them no satisfaction - '1 second in Heaven, forever in Hell', it says in the chorus of "Amon".
"Main character in ‚Amon‘ is a king. His kingdom is involved in a war against the 'Legion of the Dead' (army from Hell, Orks, Monsters, Zombies, etc.) The King died in the war and he goes up to heaven. But he can't find peace there because he is worried about his kingdom. So he met a 'Dark Lord' up in heaven. The 'Dark Lord' offers the King that he can go back and finish the battle, and so the king agrees. As he goes back to the battlefield he realizes that he is not longer a human anymore. He is also one of this Monsters and he's also no longer fighting for his kingdom - he is now fighting for the 'Legion of the Dead'. The 'Dark Lord' fooled him. And so the king Amon had to fight against his loved kingdom and he made a really good job, but he feels terrible doing that. When he goes back to the battlefield he shall be a mix of a monster and a wolf. So one night he breaks his oath with the 'Dark Lord' and destroys all the monsters while their sleeping - and so he saves his kingdom."
In May 2017, the Swiss released their debut album "CIVITAS INTERITUS". The unusual as well as refreshingly original sound of the FOLK HEAVY METAL formation found extensive and informative feedback in the international music press.
Absolute honor, welcome duty and creative joy in one for the fully ambitious INFINITAS, not to rest on it!
After another line-up change, newcomer Irina Melnikova on the violin came in mid-March 2018, it was already high time for the busy Swiss about the work on new material.
On May 4th 2018 the group around singer and energy bundle Andrea Böll released the new single "Skylla":
With "Skylla", the highly motivated formation entered in addition to the radio stations, especially in the charts of their home country.
Named after a sea monster of Greek mythology, tells of the processing of death and the’Depression After’. Often such depressions leave the feeling of being pulled down by a monster and never appearing again. These feelings are not only reflected in the lyrics, but also in the melody. Especially the guitar and violin melodies give the song a certain melancholy. The voice of front woman Andrea Böll can additionally underscore the song with suitable emotions. Despite all the sadness of the song, it is a gripping earwig that encourages singing along.
"Conclusio" belongs to the song Skylla and is the official end of the song. This quiet, melancholic instrumental piece takes the listener out into the world of Skylla at sea and invites them to enjoy and reflect.
The song "Samael" tells the story of the angel of death of the same name, who is regarded in mythology as a fallen archangel. The story in the song is about Samael’s great disappointments, which he had suffered and which have now been transformed into destructive rage. He is tempted by his suffering to take revenge. A situation that can be found again and again not only in mythologies, but also in history books and the current media. In contrast to the concept album "CIVITAS INTERITUS", the song can be heard on the single in the acoustic version. The melodies carry along, burn themselves into the ear canal and breathe life into the story. The demon and his backgrounds are given a special character by the emotionally charged singing voice.
Light Irish rhythms and melodies reflect a little mythical creature of Ireland – a goblin. "Leprechaun" invites you to dance, indulge and enjoy. Unlike "Samael" and "Skylla", this piece is purely instrumental. The use of the clarinet in interaction with the violin is particularly unusual here. Dani Häusler gives the song a very special touch with his typical clarinet playing. The melodies are grounded by the deep sound of the double bass.
For the title track of their new single, INFINITAS have also released an official music video on April 15th 2018:
These five Swiss Metal individualists hail from the picturesque Muotathal. In 2009 the initiators founded their extraordinary band INFINITAS.
The first concerts were followed by new songs. In 2015 the participants debuted with the 3-track EP „Self-Destruction“.
In the following, the intentionally willful and stylistically open yet very organic style developed relatively quickly: melodically catchy loaded FOLK HEAVY METAL with functionally guided Thrash Metal attacks.
Foto: Wyssenback Ralf • WRPhotography
The conceptual work "CIVITAS INTERITUS" dances courageously out of line. The formation shows its abilities with these lively debut album on an audibly more mature and stable level.
And the completely unpredictable mixture of the quintet is not only full of agile surprises, but INFINITAS also make the whole thing appear as from a single cast!
The fact that various memories of the British Folk Metal pioneers Skyclad gets awakened, serves descriptive above all as a useful genre guide.
Officially "CIVITAS INTERITUS" was published on May 5th, 2017.
The striking, concise and extremely powerful voice of frontwoman Andrea sings the compositions with all dedication. And, with her solid vocal repertoire, she also shows itself extremely changeable and multifaceted.
The complex arranged, elaborate staged interplay of guitar, violin, bass and drums cooperates in an ingenious way.
By means of equally present strings, the Swiss give their songs a charming and finely decorating folklore color. Laura brings on "CIVITAS INTERITUS" with her e-recorder additional, playful-dreaming nuances.
Death due to an overdose of snuff!
In the entertaining music video ‚Rudra‘ by INFINITAS, exactly this happens to the main actress !
INFINITAS ranked position 19. in the Swiss charts 2018 for two weeks. They are telling with a medieval-style Video Clip what happens when you drive things to excess.
Also, you should never go too far with excited flirting, because it can quickly lead to a fight ... all this and much more can be seen in the Video Clip ‚Rudra‘:
The whole thing was filmed in Switzerland in the Muotathal, home of the band, with much style and atmosphere in the basement of an old farmhouse.
Involved were 40 participants from all over Switzerland, out of 6 cantons: SZ, LU, AG, ZH, BE, BL
• 2 medieval associations (Torgus Caturix & Alvitur Balti)
• 2 main actors
• 5 musicians
• more extras
• a complete production team (camera, cut, make-up, catering, decoration)
Direction: Piri Betschart, drummer of INFINITAS
Cut & camera: Michael Klauser (Blue Yeti Studios)
Make-up & hairstyle: Andrea Betschart
Costumes: Ivo Tschümperlin
Main actors: Petra on the Maur-Agostini & Klemens Niklaus Trenkle
The band comments:
"We Muotathalers are connected by the snuff tradition, we share the 'ethnic' so to say. Nowadays, it's a trend in the youth to snuff. In an earthy 'measure' that is absolutely no problem. But everyone should act self-adjusting."
The motto »Test everything, but to the right extent« has a deep meaning for the formation, as they say. And INFINITAS announce the following:
"This can be seen for all situations in life - job, relationship, political attitude, personal views, opinions, and much, much more - only when you've tested something, you can judge correctly."
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