Ignominious Incarceration
Of Winter Born


3.5
great

Review

by lobby USER (14 Reviews)
July 27th, 2009 | 18 replies | 7,425 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Less stupid than the name

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Ignominious: Marked by shame or disgrace.
Incarceration: A confining or state of being confined.
Ignominious Incarceration: Tech death metal band with stupid pretentious name.

Some would say that being Of Winter Born is snow way to raise a child, and despite being cold names, Ignominious Incarceration have weathered the criticisms and landed a blow straight between the ice of their tech death competition in the form of their 2009 debut. This UK band have frozen fans with one of the most solid metal debuts of the year, and that’s a cool thing!

II (Ignominious Incarc…not the number 2…you get it…) rustled up a 2008 EP, half of which appears on this follow-up. A medium-sized stick away from being labelled ‘core’, this British quintet have saluted (one-finger style) the trend for newcomers to ride the wave of commercial success through to deathcore beach, by trying their luck on the other side of the river. The game plan consists of intense riffage defended well by technical musicianship. II’s technical style is not too dissimilar to Psycroptic, Arsis and Necrophagist but the riffs are much more melodic without trading off the intensity and ballsy guitar-work. An instant parallel would be Woe of Tyrant’s “Kingdom of Might”, which has similar song structures and guitar wizardry. Clocking in at a concise 35 minutes, Of Winter Born is the shoulder-swung hammer blow of death metal monstrosity that has been sending power metal fans running for the hills. Pure head-banging and air-guitar fun to be had, this 10-track trek is full pedal-to-the-floor metal that kicks ass - day and night.

When the cover art oozes into the song formation, the DM stakes are driven home with the help of the flat edge of that silver dude’s sword. He grabs you by the balls and points you in the direction of the nearest physio as title-opener, Avarice, tears cartilage from intervertebral discs in a flurry haterush of brash metal-demon exorcisms and melodic divinity. The first few, oh-so-crucial minutes, tell that this band displays form of a confident and smile-cracking nature, the cogency of which is hard to come by in debutantes. Pulling this together is impressive and comforting, as metalheads can now safely tune in to what this band preaches without risking a barrel-full of monkey-fondling deathcore faggotry. Guitars are brilliantly wielded with fine technical prowess to be exemplified on tracks such as…ah heck, all tracks are brilliant. Elegance In Aggression is the rising and plunging of riffs, followed by mighty river-flowing guitar patterns that siege brains and infest a fresh cluster of metal-virgin neurons. The melodies witnessed are extremely infectious and digestible, effortlessly, and naturally, weaving their way through the start-and-stop approach of the drum blasts. It’s not often that the guitars will stop suddenly or trail off aimlessly, because all songs are anchored by a steady rhythm of guitar sleight or drumming sustenance.

What II have done is beginning to be made apparent mid-way through the album with new riffs that fail to slip past the mind hours after listening. The breakdowns are few and far between, although it’s the throw-away ‘core-ish’ vocals that plague the band in infamous concern. Not the one to normally suggest self-mutilation, I wish the vocalist work on his death vocals by drinking sludgy tar to create those gravel-lined growls which would fit so nicely amongst these rip-roaring anthems. The production is fine along with the song structure, although at times songs run into each other with limited differentiating features. This is common in the genre, and is quickly forgiven by the common melodic moments across the album that creates terrific peaks of steadiness.

This is a powerful album by a tech death band with an oddity for whimsical guitar melodies. The fun never stops from the first track to the last, appearing to take from the Gothenburg sound and straying away from trying trends. Of Winter Born is a death metal album done right. Sensible. Interesting. Promising. It’s even got a great cover. But luckily you won’t need to judge this album by the cover, the music says it all.

Ignominious Incarceration’s “Of Winter Born” is out March 9, 2009 via Earache Records



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combustion07
July 27th 2009



5303 Comments


I have this but haven't really given it a good listen yet, I need to get on that.

lobby
July 27th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Alright, this review is pretty shit because it was rushed. Why? I haven't reviewed in ages and some idiot added the album but f*cked up the album art, so the only way the correct album art was going to show up was if he fixed it (which he didnt) or someone reviewed it and then uploaded theree own album pic...

combustion07
July 28th 2009



5303 Comments


Review is actually quite good tbh

Pebster49
July 28th 2009



2988 Comments


I think the word "pretentious" is overrated, tbh. Good Review, I'll check these guys out.

BallsToTheWall
July 28th 2009



44164 Comments


How many winter puns could fit in the opening paragraph batman?

Essence
July 28th 2009



3562 Comments


Intro made me chuckle. You have my approval.

lobby
July 28th 2009



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think 6 was enough....

BallsToTheWall
July 28th 2009



44164 Comments


I was hoping this would be good as Frozen Eternity's debut in terms of frosty the snowman winter goodness. I love winter themed albums though so i'll defintiely get all on this.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2009



17130 Comments


kinda reminds me of the new faceless, but not a chore to listen to.

Digging: LCD Soundsystem - The Long Goodbye

TrojanWhore
July 29th 2009



752 Comments


Great UK band, props for reviewing. Saw them support Ted Maul and The Red Chord and they were pretty tight, will definitely be picking up a physical copy of this at some time in the near future.

bloc
February 7th 2010



34502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is pretty damn good, blew my expectations away.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

GibTG
March 4th 2010



277 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fantastic intro.

I will check this out.

Smoochy
May 12th 2010



41 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely not what I expected when I listened to it.

TheSpawnOfDeth
June 26th 2010



39 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

a 3.5 is exactly rights. There is alot going on with this album. All the instruments and production is solid. But something holds it back fro rankin up there with the tech death elite. It just seems like they played it too safe.

TBliss
July 3rd 2010



987 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This was ok, I just found the whole album really vanilla. It got boring to listen too after about 3 tracks...

Ticondaroga
July 27th 2010



231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Listened to it a couple times kept two songs, not much playback value tbh though.

HumanGenome
October 18th 2010



195 Comments


album is made of playback value, it gets better all the time. and i can't believe you guys are whining so much about the band name

it's fucking death metal, if you want band names that use a 3rd grader's vocabulary, go listen to pop/punk

lobby
October 18th 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It was just a small segue into talking about the group. I don't really give a shit about the band name either, as you can tell I 3.5'ed it



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