Immolation
Harnessing Ruin


4.5
superb

Review

by mcg182 USER (11 Reviews)
July 8th, 2010 | 52 replies | 11,063 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death metal poetry in motion. The best Immolation album since 2001.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Immolation is a band that comes once every generation, and by generation I mean every 10 years or so. Brutality in this day and age is hard to come by anywhere with the talent to match. But many forget what makes brutal death metal close to perfection: crisp vocals, making them work with the song, and still put that dark/evil/angry tone behind it all. Cannibal Corpse started that sound 14 years ago, Suffocation tried it, and so did Morbid Angel. Their experiments turned into the albums Kill, Pierced From Within, and Covenant, respectively, a few of the greatest death metal albums of all time. Immolation tried this in '91 with Dawn of Possession and it didn't work like the others. So, they decided to add darkness into the picture, and lots of it, and then BOOM! Close To A World Below came to be. They do the same thing here, but with more melody (by that, I mean less dissonance).

First up, vocals. The vocals are beast-y at best, lacking any real substance or variety, but still succeeding in its job nonetheless. They add the evil feel to the album and to all of Immolation's work. The vocals put the puzzle pieces together. In addition to the vocals, the lyrics are very abstract, like the ones to the title track ("Forward moving, never slowing, A soulless machine that hungers for victory, Tear through the soil, tear through the soul, Power in motion, daunting procession) (Please excuse the commas). Poetry at its best in death metal since Death.

Next is instrumentation. The guitars gives Immolation the evil and dark tone that turned into their signature sound. That is exemplified in this album, but with flare. The speed is the essence here, varying to fit the mood. You see, unlike CTAWB, it gets pretty slow once in awhile. The slowness is placed perfectly in the songs and those are the moments when darkness falls. Don't forget about drums. Without drums, much of the rest falls apart. The drums give necessary speed to the slow breaks. Usually the drums have technicality, but here you gotta look close for it. The bass seems inaudible but the truth is that the bass gives that extra OMPF! If you listen to where the guitars don't have a bass line and compare it to the parts that do, then you can tell that the bass plays an important role. However, much of the noticeable bass comes from the drums, making up for the seemingly scarce bass guitar.

There are clean guitars in here, but very little. The song "Dead To Me" has it and it foreshadows the dark riffs to come. The album also has a very high energy compared to some others. This one gives strength like "war metal" (if truly a genre), not like Domination by Morbid Angel where it just gives the urge to head-bang.

Right! So, that's pretty much it. This album is truly a great album, but it has fewer balls than Immolation's other work. Other than that it is one fine death metal album and a good starter album if you just discover it. Despite making an excellent album, I would recommend it to those who've never heard of Immolation of never listened to them, not a Immolation fan who has never listened to this before. It doesn't match the speed, darkness, or audacity that made their other work so appealing. It's a good for death metal fans, but even they'd say it could have been better, and I agree.



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Emim
July 9th 2010



26476 Comments


I decided not to do a TBT for all those haters out there.


Unnecessary, and is going to make people hate you more.

Obfuscation24
July 9th 2010



3939 Comments


^ This
Much better than the 1st review though

Ire
July 9th 2010



41746 Comments


dammit

JizzInMyPants
July 9th 2010



2368 Comments


yea mcg just do reviews for yourself and your heart fuck all thoseo ther haters out there tbt ftw

JizzInMyPants
July 9th 2010



2368 Comments


i mean wdf do they think we applied for english class or sumthin

Ire
July 9th 2010



41746 Comments


^
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU REVIEW IMMO

JizzInMyPants
July 9th 2010



2368 Comments


u take an english class?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2010



30865 Comments


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Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

JizzInMyPants
July 9th 2010



2368 Comments


i approve.

Phrike
July 9th 2010



1691 Comments


this review is hilarious

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 9th 2010



5906 Comments


Decent review and record. Pos'd

Digging: The Golden Grass - The Golden Grass

Phrike
July 9th 2010



1691 Comments


The vocals are beasty at best

Wizard
July 9th 2010



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is truly a great album, but it has fewer balls than Immolation's other work.

That's my biggest problem with this record. I don't know about the rest of you, but this band only made 4 stellar albums.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

Emim
July 9th 2010



26476 Comments


I just stick with CTAWB and Majesty.

Wizard
July 9th 2010



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's pretty much what I stick with as well and when I'm in the mood, Here in After and Dawn of Possession are great too.

Emim
July 9th 2010



26476 Comments


I'll have to check those out.

Wizard
July 9th 2010



19208 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would skip by Shadows in the Light if I were you. I love how people make these guys out to be absolutely perfect.

Ire
July 9th 2010



41746 Comments


I have This, Failures for Gods and Shadows in the Light to listen to next.

Which should i listen to next?

Maniac!
July 9th 2010



26246 Comments


The first sentence makes me want to neg... but I won't

Emim
July 9th 2010



26476 Comments


^Same here



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