Phlebotomized
Immense, Intense, Suspense


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
February 11th, 2009 | 63 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The album art says it all.

There’s a certain appeal to a band with a cover like Immense, Intense, Suspense has on offer. Especially when said band also happens to be labelled under ‘death metal’. I mean, just take a second to really look at that cover, the image of some kind of goblin sat atop a cliff and pointing down to the gray, dull world below. The clouds above look distorted and too substantial, as if someone heard a description of them and decided to paint them a little too heavily. As much as I hate myself for saying this, all of this can be used to describe aspects of Phlebotomized distorted and twisted view on music.

Here’s a few more things about Phlebotomized from the off. They use gang shouts in flat out death metal passages, they regularly employ use of a violin that dances mesmerizingly between heavy death riffs. Despite featuring a substantial amount of old-school death metal, Phlebotomized throw in dreamy clean interludes with insubstantial and fragile singing. Being engrossed in the world that Immense, Intense, Suspense creates is a bizarre experience. But it’s one that is hard to find to leave even after you listen to it, the mood and avant-garde nature refusing to completely disappear from your psyche, slowly but surely becoming more and more substantial, beckoning you to have another listen.

It’s hard to describe Immense, Intense, Suspense in words without become contradictory and completely over the top. While featuring a very old-school death metal aesthetic at their core, Phlebotomized overlap this with so many more interesting features that it’s really hard to imagine how it sounds without hearing it. Deep, unintelligible death metal growls and death metal riffs can give away to a withdrawn insubstantial section in a second and straight back without any warning. Despite all of this, Phlebotomized show off impressive song writing skills, varying between different tempos and moods in their music. Unfortunately, the production takes away a bit of the lushness that the record should display. While the guitars sound great and the drumming solid, some of the mixing is slightly off and you can’t help but feel that with a more expansive budget Phlebotomized could have crafted a truly immense album.

Even though the best songs don’t come until the end, Immense, Intense, Suspense nonetheless maintains its unique entertainment throughout the entire album. Be it with its variation (“Barricade”), its riffs and atmosphere (“Dubbed Forswearer”) or its distorted view of beauty (“In Search Of Tranquillity”), Phlebotomized intrigue as much as they entertain and confuse as much as they impress. Overall though, you won’t find many records that give you the same sort of thrill that this album gives you, just give yourself a bit of time to understand what that goblin on the cliff is telling you and you’ll soon come to appreciate his voice.



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user ratings (34)
Chart.
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009


5209 Comments


cool need this and will get it right now

Wizard
February 11th 2009


19613 Comments


I need this eh?

Nice to see you reviewing some more Crimson. You always lead me to some nice finds.

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Si1v3RfaNg
February 11th 2009


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review man, I'll pos', hilarious band name, I lolled pretty hard. I'm gonna go download this, you seem to have similar tastes in music with me.

Crimson
February 11th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh if you say so

Phantom
February 11th 2009


8930 Comments


The artwork is actually making me contemplate getting this.

Nice review. I'll add it to my list of "need to gets"

Si1v3RfaNg
February 11th 2009


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All of the albums you rated five were some of my favorites, also this sounds awesome, I mean violins? Hell yes.

charlesfishtitz
February 11th 2009


784 Comments


violins? Hell yes.

Hawks
February 11th 2009


35838 Comments


Nice review man, I'll pos', hilarious band name, I lolled pretty hard. I'm gonna go download this, you seem to have similar tastes in music with me.

Judging by your charts, you and Crimson have pretty different music tastes.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2009


17944 Comments


violins? Hell yes.



gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009


5209 Comments


Judging by your charts, you and Crimson have pretty different music tastes.

errr


Crimson
February 11th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

please don't judge anything by my charts here. Read what it says in my favourite bands part, I haven't updated my ratings here in a long time.

Si1v3RfaNg
February 11th 2009


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whatever, this just sounds awesome, and I can't believe you guys care enough to compare our music charts, thats kind of stalkerish.

Hawks
February 11th 2009


35838 Comments


Stalkerish? All I did was click on your profile. It's not like I'm trying to find out all your personal business. That really might have been the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

charlesfishtitz
February 11th 2009


784 Comments


creepers itt

Si1v3RfaNg
February 11th 2009


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was kind of meant to be dumb, as once again I was being sarcastic, don't take anything I say seriously.

Hawks
February 11th 2009


35838 Comments


Alright man.

Crimson
February 11th 2009


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was an intense debate.

Si1v3RfaNg
February 11th 2009


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah kind of like a Cryptopsy show, but thats irrelevant.

Hawks
February 11th 2009


35838 Comments


Yeah it was. I'm worn out.

Si1v3RfaNg
February 11th 2009


817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You went to one? lol I was just talking in general, man I wish I went to one...



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