Immolation
Providence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
October 29th, 2011 | 246 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An EP that proves Immolation are still, after 20 years, at the top of their game

Don’t tell Rob Vigna and Ross Dolan that 2011 marks 20 years since Immolation’s debut album Dawn of Possession, because they may not fully realize it yet. One listen to Providence and it is apparent that Immolation are as strong as ever, both in terms of songwriting power and sheer influence – the seat atop the throne of the New York death metal scene has been dominated by them for the past two decades. It’s not hard to see why, either: thunderous riffing, bellowing vocals, devastating atmosphere all clashing together with the sort of force usually reserved for plate tectonics. Last year’s LP Majesty and Decay proved that they still have a penchant for their craft, and this has not waned since then. Providence is a spiritual continuation of what was displayed on Majesty and Decay, and given the quality of that record it is not surprising to find that Providence is no slacker in delivering the goods.

Vigna and fellow guitarist Bill Taylor put on a clinic in death metal guitar, and still stand as two of the only people in metal who seem to understand how to use pinch harmonics effectively in a riff. They work them in naturally throughout the album's riffs, accenting both the more meandering numbers and visceral licks instead of throwing them in as ear candy. The constant, screeching wails of the pinch harmonics provide a contrast to the chords that wade underneath alongside the plucking of the bass, and atop this foundation lies the sepulchral vocals and the bombastic drumming that is effectively placed high in the mix to showcase the wonderful talent of Steve Shalaty behind the kit, who doesn’t seem to take a break through the entire EP. The double bass is constant behind the guitar solo of “Swallow the Fear”, and the fills ooze complexity throughout “Still Lost”. There is nothing disjointed or broken about the songwriting, and each of the five tracks carry the same aura but divide themselves clearly, from the visceral opener “What They Bring” to the lumbering conclusion “Swallow the Fear”.

It is easy to say that Providence doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but those who are familiar with Immolation will realize that such a criticism is irrefutably shallow. Immolation aren’t here to wow the crowd with something new, and that is the beauty of it – they are here to kick you in the balls with classic, no-frills New York death metal, and on Providence they do just that. It’s only an EP, but it is indicative of the momentum Immolation still have going for them. As soon as the first twisting riff hits your ears and you get a taste of the deep growls, you won’t know what the word “change” even means.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First staff review oh man feel free to neg all you want.

EP can be downloaded for free here:

http://scionav.com/collection/808/Scion-A/V-Presents:-Immolation---Providence

Ticondaroga
October 29th 2011


231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

neg..?

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16908 Comments


Oh man what a terrible review.

Happy first staff review man : )

Digging: Low Roar - 0

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

neg..?


That's the joke hur hur hur ;)

Thanks Sowing (or should I say Steve), glad you hated the review.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff. Couldn't find the neg button, but I'll get you next time, fucker.

Ticondaroga
October 29th 2011


231 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As long as your happy, my job here is done.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just wait until your first contrib review Angel




oh the negs will be ceaseless

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe I'll make it another Corrupted album.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

be sure it's melodramatic

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You won't even know what the fuck I'm talking about, but damn will it sound pretty (gay).

Gmork89
October 29th 2011


5560 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review, gotta hear this.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


19045 Comments


Sweet i actually get to read staffer reviews now, albums good, nothing special though.

neg'd hur hur

Digging: Objekt - Objekt #2

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You won't even know what the fuck I'm talking about, but damn will it sound pretty (gay).

write a concept review plz

hyperion i am dissapoint

KILL
October 29th 2011


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dude staff awesome

Digging: Throwing Muses - Throwing Muses

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2011


7423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome EP, my only gripe is that some of the riffs sound a bit recycled. Nice first review!

TheNotrap
October 29th 2011


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Congrats on the promotion.

Like you said "Providence doesn’t bring anything new to the table"
That's also my opinion

Good review
m/

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Antipunk
October 29th 2011


324 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

EP slays hard.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 29th 2011


19045 Comments


hyperion i am dissapoint


It's not bad theres just nothing outstanding about it, plus the production annoys me a small bit.

Idnuf
October 29th 2011


1491 Comments


"you won’t even know what the word 'change' even means"
even used twice

Great review, concise and effective, and using "sepulchral" as an adjective is fuckin krieg



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