diSEMBOWELMENT
Transcendence into the Peripheral


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Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
August 19th, 2008 | 265 replies | 23,093 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A vicious combination of death and doom, Disembowelment's first and only album is not only one of the biggest influences of the doom genre today, but a superb album overall.

10 of 10 thought this review was well written

To think of Disembowelment’s debut album, Transcendence Into The Peripheral, as groundbreaking, is an understatement. Think one part death metal, one part doom, a knack for oppressive music, and you have the bare essentials of what this album is. Raw and punishingly brutal, Disembowelment left their mark on doom metal with this single album, their only full length. Its impact on the genre is immense. At the time, death/doom was already brewing but was for the most part reasonably tame (at least compared to Disembowelment), and funeral doom was not really in full flight, with Thergothon yet to come. As much praise as Thergothon receives, it would be unfair not to give a similar blessing to the guys behind Disembowelment. They may have not fully characterized the funeral doom sub-genre as Thergothon did, but they sure set the stone rolling.

If one were to label this album anything short of ‘absolutely fucking crushing’, you would be doing Disembowelment a great injustice. Transcendence Into The Peripheral is a stark and sparse breed of death metal, intertwining with slow, bludgeoning riffs; seemingly incompatible, but seamlessly pulled off. Furthermore, cold and invasive clean guitar lines revoke any hopes of relief, played along with harsh and somewhat out of place drumming. Dissonance is perhaps the single word that encapsulates Transcendence Into The Peripheral; a combination of things that, on paper, look unlikely to be successful, but as you will find out from this album, collude in a way that is both jaw-breaking in its heaviness and pants-shitting in its atmosphere. Opener ‘The Tree of Life and Death’ exemplifies this so called dissonance fusing together all of the aforementioned elements. The album’s intensity drops a little after such a forceful track, but picks up again later on. ‘A Burial at Ornans’ is not only a defining moment for the whole concept of doom, but a vicious assault of a song. What separates Transcendence Into The Peripheral from any of its death/doom contemporaries is that it has no regard for melody. While other bands were striving to create sorrowful music through the dual influence of death and doom, Disembowelment focuses on the anger and hatred of brutal death metal and then mixes in an apocalyptic sensation, giving the album a foreboding gleam that shines out through its grit.

Speaking of grit, the production on Transcendence Into The Peripheral is about as raw as the thighs of a Tour de France rider. Production is merely a means to an ends; it all works in favour of creating a crushing atmosphere of aggression. The drumming is remarkably pervasive, each crash reverberating between your ears. This effect is exacerbated by the band’s tendency to use this abrasive form of drumming constantly, especially when the clean guitar lines are played. The vocals comprise of gutturals and raspy screams, which simply bob up and down through wave after wave of riffs. Renato Gallina’s roars, as the drums crash and the guitars come to life, are truly frightening, and complement further the standard that Disembowelment have set for their successors. Not to give credit to this album for its influence on metal would be undermining the whole genre, which unfortunately is the case with Transcendence Into The Peripheral, judging from its relative obscurity. This can be remedied however; go get this album right now, and prepare to realise that this album packs far more of a punch than you could ever imagine.



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rasputin
August 19th 2008



14538 Comments


I've wanted to review this for months but never got around to it, so I'm pretty pleased.

DBlitz
August 19th 2008



1690 Comments


excellent review, its concise, straight to the point and intrigued me.

Jim
August 19th 2008



5110 Comments


yeah, review's great. in fact, i'll vote

rasputin
August 19th 2008



14538 Comments


cheers guys. The band's aussie too, more reason to check them out :D

Jim
August 19th 2008



5110 Comments


aha. intrigued now...

twophoton
August 19th 2008



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've had this album since it was originally released. It's great to see over the years how it has become such a classic.

DBlitz
August 19th 2008



1690 Comments


aha. intrigued now...

same

listening to phalanx for my first time now, afterwards i'll get this

Jim
August 19th 2008



5110 Comments


also check out 'neath if you haven't. brisbane prog death.
blown my fucking mind

IAmInsect
August 19th 2008



3800 Comments


ace review man, and this sounds awesome.

rasputin
August 19th 2008



14538 Comments


this sounds awesome

It is. Very.

Wizard
August 19th 2008



19335 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've wanted to review this for months but never got around to it, so I'm pretty pleased.

You should be! Out of all the great reviews you've produced for this site, this is your best one. I really like how much info you packed into this short and concise review. You certainly grabbed my attention. Going go check out some tracks now!

Edit: Some of their myspace tracks remind me of Darkthrone if they were really good (thats a vague comparison but it pops into mind). Ordering this for sure. This Message Edited On 08.19.08

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Bleak123
August 19th 2008



1902 Comments


Definitely gonna be checking this bad boy out.

masscows
August 19th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good but a bit overrated tbh.

Pebster49
August 19th 2008



2991 Comments


awesome review Rasputin, I really haven't gotten to this album but I've good things about it.

masscows
August 19th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags in some places

and i mean draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags

masscows
August 19th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dunnnn dunnnn EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRROOOOOOOOOOO dunnn dunnn OOOOROOOOOOAAAARRRR dunnnnn dunnnn EEERRROOOOOOOOOO dunnnnn dunnnnn EEEYAAAAAAAAA

^ half the album

Bleak123
August 19th 2008



1902 Comments


^^good description man, i see what you did tha'This Message Edited On 08.19.08

rasputin
August 19th 2008



14538 Comments



album draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags in some places

I sort of agree with you, but I think the way they build up to the faster parts are awesome.

masscows
August 19th 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think the way they dwell in DUNNNNNNNNNN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN territory for what feels like hours at a time is really boring. Like, if you take the album as a whole it's good but some parts are just painfully boring to listen to because they are really just there to make the songs long.

rasputin
August 19th 2008



14538 Comments


The slower parts are a bit tiresome, but they're really not that bad. I think you need to stop thinking of the album as a death metal album and more of a doom one in that respect.



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