Genre: Black Metal
Country: Norway
Label: Soulseller Records
Year: 2021

Inflabitan, otherwise known as Sigmund Handen, has occupied the Norwegian scene since the early 1990s, when he formed his homonymous one-man band, with which he recorded two demos (in 1993 and 1994) with Aggressor (Aura Noir / Ved Buens Ende – among others). However, his presence has always been important, as in 1993 he was involved with the production of Manes’ “Promotape” demo, in 1999 he joined the European tour of Dødheimsgard, in 2007 he partially handled the mixing and production of “Those Who Caress The Pale” by Ved Buens Ende and since 2014 he has taken over the guitars of the band Strid. So, it was time, after the silence that lasted for more than a decade, to breathe life again into Inflabitan and to release their first ever full-length album. In “Intrinsinc”, which was released in February, Inflabitan has taken over the guitars, bass and vocals of the album, while he is accompanied by Antichristian (of Tsjuder, Beaten To Death, The Cumshots etc.) on the drums, and the lyrics are written by Aldrahn. In general, “Intrinsic” does not seem to fit into the classic Black Metal borders, as one would expect, but with various surprises in the orchestrations and compositions, Inflabitan builds an extremely interesting album, with “smart” structures, solid guitars, fast speeds and dynamic energy. At first, the album may seem chaotically enthusiastic with the constant changes in tempos and multiple levels of filtered influences, as one can hear several elements from the Norwegian Black of the late 80s – early 90s, elements from the extreme side of the German sound, as well as elements from the Old School Death Metal scene. It is a solid sound result, with several technical points and rich orchestrations, showing that nothing happens by chance. I think that all ten tracks of the album have something to give and will surely attract different fans of the extreme sound. Highly recommended to fans of the Norwegian scene.