Immolation
Close to a World Below


5.0
classic

Review

by Nate B. USER (10 Reviews)
September 15th, 2007 | 917 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dark, twisted, crushing…this is what it’s all about.

Didn’t you say…Jesus was coming?

This album is perfectly crushing, beautifully twisted, and utterly evil. Immolation definitely captured the feeling of being in the deepest, most wretched fiery chasm of Hell and channeled it into this masterpiece of a record, appropriately entitled Close to a World Below.

The riffs are always crushing and never disappointing; these guys certainly know how to write crushing riff after crushing riff while managing to have enough variation to keep the listener engaged. The album is mostly mid-tempo, and is well accented by its more all-out blasting riffs that are equally well executed and equally crushing. Rob Vigna is one hell of an axeman; the overall complexity of the riffs is quite high, but thankfully, songwriting and consistent brutality are never sacrificed for technicality. The solos also have quite a bit of variation, with some being more beautifully melodic and others being wailing and dissonant; both of these varieties are well-executed and always go with the flow of the song.

Banishment from the house of God is not what I fear,
For His kingdom is divided,
And His people shall stray


The drumming on the album is highly complex and far from being one-dimensional. The bass drums roll along nicely with the crushing riffs, and the fills are complex and frequent without turning into wankery. Blastbeats are used tastefully and to good effect and they never seem to be the same one twice, frequently varying in speed, use of cymbals, and kick beats. Many drummers will simply recycle the same blastbeat over and over, and while this is no travesty, it certainly doesn’t help an album as much as what is demonstrated on this. The drumming here is absolutely superb on all fronts.

Some of the tracks stand out above the rest. “Father, You’re Not a Father” features a very sinister and unique incorporation of melody, amazing dynamics, and like I’ve said many times before, very crushing riffs. “Lost Passion” opens with a Bolt Thrower esque rhythm and alternates between rhythmic and melodic (not of the same variety of “Father You’re Not a Father”, these guys don’t use the same idea twice) riffs with, again, amazing dynamics. The title track is absolutely stunning; opening with some tremolo-picked melody lines, it slowly works its way into a quicker tempo with some incredible riffing and drumming and working its way back down into some of the most unholy death metal your ears will ever be scathed with.

The production does a lot for the album, too. A certain quality to the sound has been achieved on this record that I’ve not quite heard elsewhere. Too often, a good album will be marred by the production being far too clean and polished to the point of sounding poppy, or by it being far too muddy. The production on this album gives it a very dense, crunchy feeling that makes the already crushing riffs absolutely devastating. The bass is perfectly audible as well, which also adds to the brutality of the album.

My devotion to You was complete,
I’ve carried the weight of Your cross


Ross Dolan’s deeply guttural croak also fits the music quite well. His delivery is utterly evil, brutal, anything else you can think of to describe an awesome death metal vocalist. The lyrics are, for the most part, perfectly intelligible, and it’s good to know that they aren’t half-assing them, as they are very well written.

Overall, Immolation has proven themselves as one of the top death metal bands with this album. With flawless riffs, drumming, vocals, and solos, this album is essential for any death metal fan. Please, if you’re a fan of the genre and haven’t heard this yet, do yourself a favor and get it. You won’t be disappointed.

Glorious flames…consume us all,
Bring us closer…to a God below,
Far are we…from everlasting joy,
Close we are…to a world below




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Comments:Add a Comment 
masscows
September 15th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

how do I get the album art to show up?

blackmilk
September 15th 2007


584 Comments


Good album.
Review is a little sparse.This Message Edited On 09.15.07

masscows
September 15th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah after proofreading it a few times it seems kinda short and not detailed enough. I'm gonna maybe add some tomorrow...

masscows
September 15th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

added some, i'll read it again and maybe add some more tomorrow

TheStarclassicTreatment
September 16th 2007


2910 Comments


You say 'crush' or 'crushing' too much, otherwise pretty good review.

masscows
September 16th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It needs emphasis though, lol

Dethtrasher
September 16th 2007


2211 Comments


I have not listen to this band for over a year, I have almost forgot how they sound like like. Immolation is pretty heavy sh*t. Pretty good review, you described their sound and qualities very well.

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments



Didn’t you say…Jesus was coming?


DBlitz
August 22nd 2008


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Got this a while ago, its really good. Might up rating after more listens.

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


I'm a little bitch and this album owns me. Basically.

Essence
August 22nd 2008


3595 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rasputin, you've been posting strange as of late.

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


Too much doom I think.

charlesfishtitz
August 22nd 2008


784 Comments


too much gay doom

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


NO U

charlesfishtitz
August 22nd 2008


784 Comments


i kid

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


from know on I'll just remind you of how you discovered Ataraxie

charlesfishtitz
August 22nd 2008


784 Comments


fate

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


:D

LordShay
September 3rd 2008


35 Comments


just downloaded this, shot on cash, sounds awesome, and not so hard to get into like "War of Attrition" by Dying Fetus. Gonna rate after a few playthroughs :D

Angmar
November 13th 2008


2689 Comments


Album needs more attention on this site, never fails to be one of my favorite death metal albums ever.



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