Immolation
Hope and Horror


4.5
superb

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
September 19th, 2010 | 28 replies | 6,129 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Three songs filled with what Immolation does best: devastating, destructive metal.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

By just about anybody’s standards, fifteen minutes is not a very long time. And so, it’s easy to understand why at first glance it would seem that Immolation’s only EP thus far, the three song, fifteen minute-long Hope And Horror, doesn’t contain all that much material. Fortunately, this assumption couldn’t be any farther from the truth, for in this quarter-hour, Immolation plays an album’s worth of relentless, bloodthirsty death metal, and these fifteen minutes may just be some of the best in their discography.

Hope And Horror is, from a compositional standpoint, traditional Immolation: solos scream through the speakers, drums pound and riffs grind the listener’s skull to a pulp, and vocals roar while innumerable pinch harmonics are thrown around. That said, the songs feel quite original and are by no means carbon-copies of their predecessors, something largely due to the lack of a linear structure in any of the band’s albums. Hope And Horror shows Immolation’s compositional skills at their strongest: every song snakes around unpredictably, though never aimlessly, and each of the riffs is sure to get the listener’s head bobbing up and down incessantly.

That said, as well-written as everything here is, the first two songs, Den Of Thieves and The Condemned, won’t exactly surprise longtime fans (although, this isn’t, in and of itself, very much of a fault, considering the quality of the music). Rather, their purpose is to build momentum for the album’s centerpiece: The Struggle Of Hope And Horror.

Along with Close To A World Below’s title track, The Struggle Of Hope And Horror is arguably the most ambitious composition to be penned by Immolation to date. A seven minute-long instrumental, the song wastes not a moment to break into an array of some of death metal’s most impressive soloing and riffery that manages to be incredibly technical without ever becoming masturbatory.

And so, Hope And Horror is a quick burst of misanthropic, blasphemous death metal that consists of two above-average Immolation songs and what may quite possibly be their best. And that should be reason enough for the attention of any self-respecting metal head.

4.3/5

Recommended Songs
The Struggle Of Hope And Horror
The Condemned
Den Of Thieves



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vanderb0b
September 19th 2010



3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Shit, didn't mean to submit that yet. Sorry that I've got two on the front page now, my bad. Anyways, I'll be doing my 50th soon, probably next friday or saturday. This EP slays.

brutebeard
September 19th 2010



1655 Comments


Word. I oughta check this out

NapalmDe4th
September 19th 2010



54 Comments


Excellent review and it seems like an excellent album. Can't wait to listen to it.

ShadowRemains
September 19th 2010



20238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

Irving
Staff Reviewer
September 19th 2010



7140 Comments


Good stuff from you, as always!

jingledeath
September 19th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so goood

liledman
September 19th 2010



3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review, still yet to check this out though.

Ire
September 19th 2010



41749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules


Dryden
September 19th 2010



12928 Comments


so good

Wizard
September 20th 2010



19215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Do not like this at all. Besides Majesty and Decay, new Immolation is kind of boring.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

RippingCorpse
September 20th 2010



1086 Comments


karl and his crazy immolation ratings

Wizard
September 20th 2010



19215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's true hahahaha, up and down with this band. Do I know you?

RippingCorpse
September 20th 2010



1086 Comments


fadetoblack

oh and good review

Wizard
September 20th 2010



19215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why the change of name and why the stealing of my old avatar? hahahahaha

RippingCorpse
September 20th 2010



1086 Comments


because neurosis is like the best band ever ofc

Wizard
September 20th 2010



19215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You know it buddy! : )

TheSpirit
September 20th 2010



17171 Comments


you guys gonna kiss now or what

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RippingCorpse
September 20th 2010



1086 Comments


not until he changes his rating

jingledeath
September 20th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kissing neurosis avatars

Anthracks
September 20th 2010



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hyperbolic summary many bands have more riffs than this per 15 minutes

Album Rating: 3

Do not like this at all.


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