Infant Annihilator is a British deathcore band from Hull, East Riding in Yorkshire. One of the biggest names in the technical deathcore scene, they are known for music that can be considered extreme even for extreme metal as a whole, satirical and gorn-tastic lyrics, and music videos filled with NSFW content. They are mainly an internet project, but they have expressed plans in performing live tours.
- Dickie Allen - vocals (2016-present)
- Eddie Pickard - guitar, bass (2012-present)
- Aaron Kitchner - drums (2012-present)
- Dan Watson - vocals (2012-2014)
Discography (full lengths in italics, notes contain the acronyms of the album):
- "Decapitation Fornication" (single, 2012)
- The Palpable Leprosy of Pollutionnote (album, 2012)
- The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarchnote (album, 2016)
- The Battle of Yalabaothnote (album, 2019)
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- Affectionate Parody: Of Gorn-laden Death Metal bands, from which they've taken their aesthetic and turned the morbidness all the way up.
- Bait-and-Switch: The outro of the title track of The Battle of Yaldabaoth seemingly sets itself up to end with a crushing breakdown...only for said breakdown to be surprisingly gentle compared to the rest of the song.
- Call-Back: "Feast ov Goreglutton" from The Battle of Yaldabaoth has two characters named Childchewer and Cuntcrusher that respectively reference a previous song on the same album and another from their first album.
- "The Kingdom Sitteth Lonely Beneath Thine Hallowed Heavens" also makes one for "Soil the Stillborn" off of the band's second album, The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch.
- Concept Album: The Palpable Leprosy of Pollution is one about the dastardly plans of a Corrupt Church to prevent the exposure of their perverse crimes by murdering women and children. The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch tells the story of an evil cult that performs horrific acts of depravity to gain power over the world starting with the ascent of the eponymous leader of the cult. The Battle of Yaldabaoth serves as a sequel of sorts to the previously mentioned album with a focus on the Crapsack World spawned from the horrors wrought by the Galeriarch's cult that gets devastated in an apocalyptic war.
- Deathcore: They are one of the most prominent acts in technical deathcore, and although they have dialed down on the core part as of The Battle of Yaldabaoth, they still largely remain such.
- Deranged Animation: The music video for "Blasphemian" is an animated music video featuring a group of horribly butchered corpses alternating between performing the song and having sex with other corpses. Fittingly enough, the animation is extremely erratic, with a cut-out stile reminiscent of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
- Evil Versus Evil: In The Battle of Yaldabaoth, the King, who is no saint himself, goes up against the forces of the Galeriarch of the previous album.
- Fun with Acronyms: All their album titles form perfectly innocuous acronyms when shortened.
- Gorn: They take the typical death metal preoccupation with gore and violence and ramp it up to comical extremes.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Dickie Allen's highs and lows make it utterly impossible to make out the lyrics in some instances
- Intentionally Awkward Title: Their name itself and their songs are by design this to satirize Death Metal naming stereotypes.
- Metal Scream: Dan Watson was known for his Type 2 lows and Type 3 highs as one of the most prominent users of the tunnel throat technique during his tenure as frontman. On the other hand, Dickie Allen is known for his Travis Ryan-influenced Type 3 high shrieks and downright demonic Type 2 gurgles.
- Pedophile Priest: And it's milked for all its worth. Their entire lyrical oeuvre is based around a horrific religious cult that gains power by committing unspeakable acts of depravity on children and infants.
- Refuge in Audacity: Pretty much all the lyrics to their songs are this due to how gorntastic and squicky they are. The bandmates themselves said in an interview that if they feel grossed out by the lyrics they're writing it means they're doing it right.
- Religion Rant Song: Downplayed, but their lyrics are derived from the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandals to an extent.
- Self-Made Orphan: A figure implied to be the Demiurge kills the succubus that birthed it in "Ov Sacrifice and Sincest".
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Enforced with The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch. Dickie Allen said in an interview that they struggled to find a way to use "egg" as an acronym and still make it fit with the album's highly explicit nature without resorting to antiqute English; as such, they ultimately went for the Perfectly Cromulent Word Galeriarch, a fusion of the word "galere" (a group of undesirable people) and the "-arch" suffix.
- Special Guest: The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch features guest appearances from Dillon Becker (AnimalFarm), Tyler Shelton (Traitors), Bryan Long (King Conquer, Dealey Plaza), and Chris Whited (Bodysnatcher, ex-King Conquer). The Battle of Yaldabaoth includes features from the likes of Trevor Strnad and Alex Terrible, as well as Storm Strope and Alex Teyen.
- Technical Death Metal: This has always been a massive part of their sound, but they've gradually come closer to it with each and every album.
- Wolverine Publicity: Dickie Allen, thanks to his guest appearances.
- Would Hurt a Child: Roughly 99% of their songs are about this.