Wisconsin-based industrial metal outfit S.F. Incorporated recently released their new album, First Penetration, blending metal, punk, and Gothic elements.
Founded and fronted by vocalist/guitarist Jay Reiter, S.F. Incorporated exploded on the scene during the late ‘90s and early ‘000s. Renowned for their macabre, theatrical live performances, the band attained legendary status in the Midwest, not only for their concerts but also their wild behaviors off stage.
After taking a lengthy break – 15 years – S.F. Incorporated returns with First Penetration, along with a live-action television series in development. The first season of the series will begin shooting this coming fall.
Encompassing a dozen tracks, First Penetration begins with a narrated short number, entitled “The Dangers of Skullfucking,” rippling with eerie tones and rumbling percussion.
Entry points include “Pain,” rolling out on dense, growling guitars topped by demonic vocals. The rhythm merges punk with hints of trap, forming a chunking cadence. A blistering guitar solo imbues the tune with incandescent licks and then segues into thick, black walls of sound.
“Nightmare” amalgamates visceral punk with traces of thrash metal, resulting in a crunching, raging melody pushed by hammering percussion and a pulverizing bassline. As potently raw as the rhythm is, it is overshadowed by the sweltering energy of the snarling guitars.
S.F. Incorporated takes Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” and injects it with a Megadeth vibe – low-slung, viciously compact guitars, industrial percussion, and grimacing vocals. A personal favorite because of its brash driving energy and ringing drums, “The Vampire Hunter” thrums with dirty, platinum-colored guitars, heavy with bruising patterns.
Coagulated, pulsating, glitchy guitars inform “Who Are They” with subterranean waves of sleazy, murky, granular surfaces, at once throbbing and heaving with black psychosis.
The final track, “The God of Nothing,” ties the album off with surging, stuttering guitars, savage percussion, and roaring, rasping vocals.
Remarkably superb, First Penetration delivers concentrated waves of industrial metal, simultaneously substantial and edgy.