Review Summary: Think Suffocation mixed with early Cryptopsy, and a dash of Beneath the Massacre.
I thoroughly enjoyed this album. It was a damn near perfect Death Metal record with few flaws. Clear production values enhance the experience greatly.
Right off the bat, this compact disc kicks ass with the opening track "Unfurling a Darkened Gospel". This track pummels to no end. It's pure, unrelenting modern Technical Death Metal done right. Next, "Summon the Hounds" punches you in the gut with starts and stops reminiscent of a demonic roller coaster. It's an above average track with the only downfall being that the guitar isn't remarkably creative at times. After that sucker punch to the gut has been dealt, "Constitutional Masturbation" shoots you through the pancreas with insanely creative riffs, blast beats only a lunatic could pull off, and tempo changes from Hell. Then, this record just pulverizes you to a bloody pulp with "Regurgitated Disinformation". This song is PERFECT. When this song reaches the 1:10 mark, insanity is imminent. If I wasn't already a fan of Job, this song would've made me one. The next track, "March to Global Enslavement" is really heavy, and is a bit slower than the rest of the beginning five tracks, but is too long for my preference.
After a slight letdown, JFAC murder again with "Butchering the Enlightened". It begins a bit like "Unfurling...", but slows down about a minute in. For a few seconds. This track is great. Highly recommended listen. "Lords of Chaos" is a bit more traditional, and a little less creative than the rest of the material, but it's still a great track. "Psychological Immorality" is probably the most technical song on here, and it's proud of it. This one is an unstoppable leviathan. "To Detonate and Exterminate" reminds me a bit of "Embedded" from the Genesis album. Not extremely creative or innovative, but satisfying. Finally, "Ruination", the title track is truly heavy, but feels incomplete. It feels like it doesn't end, it just kind of stops. This is probably the most simplistic track on this album, but it's also trudgingly slow, so what do you expect?
To summarize, this album is a must-have for Job fans, and fans of Technical Death Metal in general. While it does have flaws, they are few and far in between.