Ulcerate
The Destroyers of All


4.5
superb

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
January 16th, 2011 | 149 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This might just be the defining release of one of the most atmospheric, and possibly even most intellectual, contemporary death metal bands.

Within the sphere of death metal, a band’s greatest challenge is, generally speaking, finding a unique sound. Granted, an assault of riffs is more than enough to get a fair amount of fans, but it is originality that separates the truly memorable, timeless bands from the swarms of enjoyable, but ultimately harmless, ensembles. This, perhaps, made Ulcerate’s breakthrough album, Everything Is Fire, all the more fascinating: on it, the band had created a satisfyingly-unique niche for themselves by relying less on actual riffs (make no mistake, though, there were plenty of those, regardless) and more on atmosphere. Now, with the release of The Destroyers Of All, New Zealand's premier death-metal band has improved their formula and created a masterpiece that solidifies their position among the best in the genre.

On The Destroyers Of All, chaotic drumming, ominous, crushing riffs and absolutely lethal production create a wall of noise that utterly overwhelms the listener. However, the band adds a whole new side to this approach with their use of atmospherics: the riffs are still there, and so are the roaring vocals and overpowering drums, but they’re only means to an end, rather than the focal points - their purpose is merely to generate a dense, apocalyptic atmosphere. And they’re entirely successful: The Destroyers Of All is drenched with a powerful, magnificent darkness that engulfs and consumes the listener relentlessly. Such an atmosphere is created on the album by a blend foreboding, mid-tempo riffs with impossibly fast and complex drumming - a technique that is as unconventional as it is effective.

The Destroyers Of All also sees the band become a more mature unit that is not afraid to take risks and push the boundaries of its genre. This is best demonstrated by the two final songs, Omens and The Destroyers Of All, both of which approach ten minutes in length. Starting with a soft melody accompanied by faint cymbal crashes, the two-part composition keeps on growing and growing until it becomes a monstrous, corrosive cacophony that crushes anything in its path; and yet, it is laced with brief quiet moments that manage to be every bit as frightening as the crescendos and climaxes.

True to its title, The Destroyers Of All is a powerful, fierce, and, above all, destructive release perhaps the most intelligent contemporary metal band. Like Death and Gorguts before them, Ulcerate manages to once again push the boundaries of death metal further than we previously thought possible.



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vanderb0b
January 16th 2011


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First off, my apologies for submitting this too early the first time around.

Stream here: http://www.metalsucks.net/2011/01/11/exclusive-full-album-stream-ulcerate-are-the-destroyers-of-all/

Oceans
January 16th 2011


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is winx1000

MunsuLight
January 16th 2011


565 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is cool. Still won't call it album of the year prematuraly like I did with Immolation last year. It has grown a lot since my first listen. Better than EiF.

Pyosisified
January 16th 2011


2450 Comments


good album, doesnt sound much like immolation though

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
January 16th 2011


7357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, I've given this a 3.5 on first listen but I'll be surprised if that doesn't creep up.

Crisis
January 16th 2011


169 Comments


Album is awesome. I wrote something up for this, will post when I'm unbanned haha but I like this better than Everything Is Fire.

Oceans
January 16th 2011


934 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ye. I just love the sound this band has.

wyankeif1337
January 16th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

good review, amazing album

wyankeif1337
January 16th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

title track is bomb as fuck

Calculate
January 16th 2011


1135 Comments


NZ reppin'

Photon
January 16th 2011


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Better than EiF." definitely


much better

liledman
January 16th 2011


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"symbol"

think you meant cymbal.

Nice review. Im surprised at how many people are so quick to say this is so much better than EiF, i still prefer EiF.

vanderb0b
January 16th 2011


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, guys!

think you meant cymbal.

Yeah, fixed it.
Still won't call it album of the year prematuraly like I did with Immolation last year

Might not be AOTY (there's a shit ton of promising releases that are going to come out this year), but this will most likely make well into my top 10.
I wrote something up for this, will post when I'm unbanned

Cool, looking forward to reading it.

rasputin
January 16th 2011


14550 Comments


good album, doesnt sound much like immolation though


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Mordecai.
January 16th 2011


8279 Comments


Pyosisified:

gaying up sputnik since 09-26-10

Yazz_Flute
January 16th 2011


18809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Everything in Ulcerate's discog is basically the same damn thing.

But they still rule somehow.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Anthracks
January 16th 2011


3758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band sucks now

Digging: Radio Moscow - Magical Dirt

DBlitz
January 16th 2011


1690 Comments


don't really like the review and the ridiculous amount of immolation comparisons

vanderb0b
January 16th 2011


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and the ridiculous amount of immolation comparisons

Removed a couple of them. I was hoping that they wouldn't be particularly detracting, as I stressed that the two bands are both different.

Itwasthatwas
January 16th 2011


770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damn I just submitted my review without realizing this one had been put up. Oh well. Nice work man.



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