If Infrared sound like classic thrash metal, that’s because they are! And rightfully so since they were making music as teenagers in the mid to late 80s back when the Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax) were just becoming famous. They literally lived and breathed that scene as it was happening and garnered national attention in Canada through their song and video for Thoughts Caught (in Between).
Then....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! In 2014 Infrared reunited with 3 of the original 4 members (Kirk, Armin, and Alain), and since original bassist Shawn Thompson had moved to Miami, they recruited Mike Forbes. They worked hard to release their first full length album, No Peace, featuring songs written all those years ago and now, in 2018, Infrared release their sophomore album, Saviours, featuring 8 new songs coming in at just over 50 minutes of music! The album is themed on demagogues, dictators, and religious leaders professing to be the saviours of the world but instead inflict the most brutal attacks on humanity imaginable.
With several high profile concerts under their belts including opening for Anvil, Sacrifice, Dirkschneider, Flotsam and Jetsam, DBC, E-Force and Atrophy, 2018 will be a banner year for Infrared!
Saviours Review Quotes:
"The new album is all new thrashtastic songs. Saviors is truly a work of heavy metal art. The guitars are loaded with heavy and fast thrash riffs and the leads are just what the heavy metal doctor ordered. The vocals are raw, heavy yet still melodic and clear......With talk of many of the original thrash Titians either retiring from the road or playing to limited places it seems that a new big four touring package is needed and one can only be put together with a band as fierce and powerful as Infrared in the top spot."
-The Dirty Room
"Saviours has an epic grandoise quality, bordering on classic heavy metal which makes this release a memorable listen. The unified choruses add even more flavour to the musical pallette and highlights the solid vocal attack of Armin Kamal......Check out Saviours and let the radioactive thrash of Infrared penetrate you!"
-The Metal Channel
"The album lit our pleasure from start to finish and Infrared is further proof that very good things can only get better with age."
-The RingMaster Review
"The old school always has a new trick up its sleeve, and this well-established band knows how to bring it better than a good 80 percent of all those eight-stringed newbies."
No Peace Review Quotes:
"For the sound and style, this is one of the top releases over the last year. The style was getting stale with many sound a-likes, now Infrared are here, so pick up your jaw and enjoy this bruiser of an album. "
-Acier Doux Metal Management & Promotions Tunisi
“After sitting down and listening to Infrared’s ‘No Peace’ over a period of days, it’s safe to say that this is a solid thrash metal album that will easily please genre purists. It’s an aggressive offering, but it doesn’t take too many risks, nor does it have to. This band is extremely talented and this album is well worth your money.”
-Metal at the Gates
“At times reminiscent of old school Metallica, sometimes Megadeth, sometimes something else entirely. In short, if you dig 80’s metal you should really give this album a listen. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I’m already looking forward to the next.”
“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 made the Best of 2016 album lists from:
-ASILO DE LUNÁTIKOS thrash metal radio
-Acier Doux Metal Management & Promotions Tunisia
-Off The Grid Metal