Ignivomous
Death Transmutation


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 29th, 2011 | 29 replies | 5,100 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

With their 2007 release Paths of Attrition, Ignivomous established themselves as one of Australia's premier death metal acts. Despite the shamelessly derivative nature of the genre, the band allows no pretext regarding their style – their delicious amalgamation of thick atmosphere and invigorating composition resulted in the outstanding demo Path of Attrition, and one should expect no less with their debut full length Death Transmutation.

Leaving no tables unturned in their sonic degradation, Ignivomous do not kneel before their influences so much so they come off as clones, yet still take particular care to throw nods to a vast array of bands with their full force, no bullshit interpretation of old school death metal. There is an unstated elegance to Ignivomous' brand of death, if the word elegance could be used in describing something so filthy. Combining Incantation's crushing, doom inspired riffs with a level of technicality that grapples for Immolation's well defined niche in the genre, Ignivomous are an immaculate incarnation of the dirtiest death metal abscess.

For the most part, Ignivomous do not offer any relief in the shuddering compositional halts which delineate Incantation and co., opting for a literal barrage of intense and impenetrable riffage. Though not explicitly ‘murky' like Portal's newly released Swarth, Death Transmutation is covered in a grimy coat of filth that provides an indispensable level of coherence to the record's relentless face hammering. The Incantation influence is at times rather explicit but is often also subtle, merely reflecting the band's talent at reworking old ideas into a fresher template.

The final tracks of the record are much more pronounced in their doom aesthetic than the first half of the album, with ‘Beckoned to a Global Tomb' incorporating an exponentially increasing doom tint. Closer ‘Alchemy of Suffering' is an eight minute beast and, through its portrayal of all that is good about Ignivomous, is possibly the best track on the album – an eerie and utterly claustrophobic mid-section sets the tone for the album's end, the song combining both brutality and melody in an epic overture to the death metal gods.

Complementing Ignivomous' pure and unadulterated death metal frenzy is Edwards' vocals. While the vocals may perhaps be considered extraneous analogous to the album's sporadic and infrequent passages of shred, they certainly add vast quantities of ‘fucking awesome' to Ignivomous' overall philosophy of ‘total fucking destruction'. Thick and throaty gutturals, they are constantly consistent and simply another low-end texture to go with the album's general monolithic depth.

What makes Death Transmutation all the more worthwhile is its challenging nature – sometimes it feels like too much is going on, more so than is comfortably comprehendible. This is not to say that being occasionally cluttered is to the album's disadvantage however; it merely means that a greater investment is required on behalf of the listener, ultimately with a greater pay-off. This is a common occurrence for records of this density, and it can only be praised when it turns out as successful as Death Transmutation. The record is the culmination of Ignivomous' past two years of triumph; both Path to Attrition and Eroded Void of Salvation were outstanding releases, but did not have the complete and satisfying feel that only an LP can deliver. In respect to a progression in discography, Death Transmutation is an almost perfect release – fortunately for both the band and its fans, it is also a remarkable death metal album, one which should not go unheard.



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rasputin
November 30th 2011



14516 Comments


written october 09

Ignimbrite
November 30th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good album, good review. How many of these have you written?

seedofnothing
November 30th 2011



3425 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just listened to this album last Tuesday, very enjoyable

rasputin
November 30th 2011



14516 Comments


these are all old reviews that were published on another webzine over the past 2.5 years

it used to be exclusive but there've been some changes to that webzine and we've been given permission to reuse our older reviews, so I'm just posting a few of the good/relevant ones here

Ignimbrite
November 30th 2011



5293 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice. I look forward to those remaining.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2011



16134 Comments


Well, it's much welcomed, in any case.

Another great album that puts a good spin on Incantation's unique riffing.

Vesper
November 30th 2011



3085 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So Valerius wants to know where this puts your ratio of metal reviews to indiefag reviews.

Solid review, as usual.

coneren
November 30th 2011



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aww yeah

Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 30th 2011



17195 Comments


for some reason i thought these dudes were a slam band. glad to know they arent

ShadowRemains
November 30th 2011



20228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album torches faces

CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2011



28304 Comments


me face is burned

Digging: IQ - The Road of Bones

coneren
November 30th 2011



11111 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin eh rights

taylormemer
November 30th 2011



4913 Comments


"Alchemy of Suffering" lololol sounds swell. Gonna check this

ZombicidalMan
November 30th 2011



1712 Comments


This sounds awesome. Nice review as usual, Rasp. You always seem to review bands I's love, but have never heard of.

lobby
November 30th 2011



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I missed so much good DM from 2009, just going back and getting some of them. This is one of the ones that I have really enjoyed

ferociouslettuce
November 30th 2011



192 Comments


this guy wasn't promoted why exactly?

ZippaThaRippa
November 30th 2011



2415 Comments


Funebrarum

MO
November 30th 2011



18217 Comments


Nice review. Album owns.

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

Tyrael
November 30th 2011



20725 Comments


Good review

DeafMetal
November 30th 2011



8584 Comments


why shit band riffoclock?



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