Innsmouth
The Departure Of Shub-Niggurath


4.0
excellent

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
September 2nd, 2010 | 19 replies | 5,717 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

With an abundance of ever-changing riffs and a darkened buzzing atmosphere, Innsmouth manages to sneak into the best death-metal album of 2009 (albeit a little late) discussion with only the experience of one album under their belt. The Departure Of Shub-Niggurath operates in a fairly standard way, combining a slight fuzzy production to loose drumming and riffs that are setup by different palm-muting mutations and tempos. While the songwriting stays relatively simliar throughout, The Departure... is quite the easy listen because it never feels forced and has a short run time through its 4 tracks. It works like a quick shot to the heart; an album that comes and goes like a breeze, but will be stored in the listener's brain for some time.

The guitars are the main focal point here as they drive the tracks along. Riffs change from quick rhythmic sections to more brooding open-ended type riffs that really keep the pace and flow of the album moving nicely. There isn't much melody to be found here and that works in Innsmouth's favor; the album is hollow, dense, and buzzes around like a hornet. The guitarist throws in a solo at the beginning of the closing track, "Arrival Of The Nightgaunts" to keep things fresh and it's a nice change of sound from constant pounding rhythms to a more flowing melody. Vocally, the screamer sounds downright evil in his attempt to tell the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, an American horror novelist, which gives The Departure... an extra boost of ethereality. Their band name even comes from a fictional town in one of Lovecraft's books. One part of the beginning track "Aloof With Cloven Hooves" is especially noteworthy; out of nowhere the constant guitar drops out of the sound and all you're left with is the bass underneath excellent cymbal work and guitar feedback. The sudden change is effective and showcases a nice touch of variety in Innsmouth's compositions.

While they need to show a bit more in terms of execution and production to be considered a highly regarded death-metal band, Innsmouth are well on their way. Their debut is rough, tough, mean, and lean, and showcases an outstanding guitar player who creates memorable and innovative riffs that depend on buildups of palm-muted chugging which gives The Departure Of Shub-Niggurath a very heavy feel. While the drumming is never spectacular, it gives the album room to breathe among the dense guitar playing and works well as an afterthought, a mere set up to the guitars and vocals. Innsmouth doesn't break any new ground here, but they do show that they could be a band to reckon with in the coming years. 3.8/5



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rasputin
September 2nd 2010



14504 Comments


good album

Enotron
September 2nd 2010



7695 Comments


in before alachlahol

DBlitz
September 2nd 2010



1685 Comments


album good

BallsToTheWall
September 2nd 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah good stuff.

rasputin
September 2nd 2010



14504 Comments


the demo was definitely out last year, I bought it ages ago

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2010



16027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good shit right here

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Grimlin
September 2nd 2010



818 Comments


great demo. their new 7", She-Goat, should be out sometime soon.

liledman
September 2nd 2010



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is alright, never really took to it though. Wouldnt put it near the top of 09 dm.

Nice review though man.

liledman
September 3rd 2010



3817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dont really know haha. Think the thrashiness kinda turned me off a bit. Might give it abother listen though.

Gyromania
September 3rd 2010



14653 Comments


Good review dude, you're pumping them out quicker than I can read them!! Pos

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2011



17378 Comments


sweet album

Digging: Steve Moore - Zero-Point Field

Acanthus
January 20th 2012



9511 Comments


Looks really good, will check out.

Digging: Ayria - Hearts for Bullets

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2012



16027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cthulhu's pretty hard

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2012



17378 Comments


Cthulhu's pretty hard[2]

she-goat is also cool

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2012



16027 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't heard she-goat yet, must get today before feds shut down the internet

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 20th 2012



17378 Comments


fuck the pigs

CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2012



26554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

love this album

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

ffs
March 5th 2012



4678 Comments


me too iirc

CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2012



26554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid as fuck



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