Ulcerate
The Destroyers of All


5.0
classic

Review

by Imperial USER (2 Reviews)
January 7th, 2012 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It is the only logical and mature progression for the band.

With their previous release, "Everything is Fire", Ulcerate set a new bar for themselves and bands of the genre. They created an intense brooding atmosphere while combining crushing drums with dizzying guitar wizardry. The album was a force to be reckoned with. The first spin of the album shoves you into a quasar and rips you apart piece by piece with only a few moments to breathe. It won the respect of fans of the genre all over for good reason.

"The Destroyers of All" is no different. Ulcerate builds on the theme of a planet in turmoil and a dire end for us all. It is the only logical and mature progression for the band. The album has more of an emphasis on atmosphere, tighter song structure and sound. It is an album from the same band, but only better. Every piece is as chaotic as the next but crafted with such delicacy and care.

The guttural lows tend to get lost in the sea of sound. Instead of standing out, the vocals only add to the confusing feel of the atmosphere. The abrasive howls merely break up the sonic rape to send chills to the core of your being. The guitars ring like dissonant screams of men. The chords twist and churn like a whirlpool which is accompanied with atmospheric low-fi strumming that lure you into a false sense of security. The drums fire along with machine gun pace, only stopping to crack like a sea of breaking bones under the weight of the moon. They precisely snap and click like clock work and feed the air of desperation in every song. Combined we get a tsunami of sound that drags you farther and farther away from happiness and your sense of security. The music paints a wasteland within your head and stirs up unfelt emotion while crushing you into sedation.

Overall this is not an album for the faint of heart. It's unbelievably heavy and a negative experience emotionally. The looming sense of dread and doom hang over the album. Pessimism is a friend of "The Destroyers of All" and I feel it is the only way to enjoy this experience. "The Destroyers of All" is a perfect addition to the catalogue of Ulcerate and a perfect addition to any metal fan's music collection. With "Everything is Fire" the two albums together will stand as gems of the genre in years to come.


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Imperial
January 7th 2012


1738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Any feedback would be appreciated.

liledman
January 7th 2012


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

considering that the summary is the first thing anybody will read, you may want to clean up any grammatical mistakes.

Imperial
January 7th 2012


1738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Wow I can't believe I missed that. Edited, thanks.

ShadowRemains
January 7th 2012


21364 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A: this is not a 5

B: i only took a quick glance through the review and saw at least two spelling/grammar mistakes

C: multiple run-on sentences

D: not sure why "A" is capitalized in the second last sentence...

liledman
January 7th 2012


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

...and a quick read through unfortunately reveals many more spelling and grammar problems. the sentences dont flow, making the simile stand out awkwardly. you could also get a little more in depth with the points you are making, especially if you are giving it a rating of 5, which would imply you have a lot of thoughts on the album.

at the very least just use a spell/grammar check in word or whatever, and proof-read your work. its distracting from the actual substance of the review.

Ignimbrite
January 7th 2012


5464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Considering that this is your first review, you did a fairly good job. Have a pos, although you should clean up the grammar/punctuation mistakes.

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Imperial
January 7th 2012


1738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Do you mind telling me where?

Ignimbrite
January 7th 2012


5464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"genre" is a style of music. "genera" is the plural of "genus," and I assume you were not referring to subdivisions of organism families.

Ignimbrite
January 7th 2012


5464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Building on the theme of a planet in turmoil and a dire end for us all. It is the only logical and mature progression for the band. More of an emphasis on atmosphere, tighter song structure and sound. The same band only better."

the first, third, and fourth sentences are all fragments.

Ignimbrite
January 7th 2012


5464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Standing out on top of the pile."

"Accompanied with atmospheric low-fi strumming that lure you into a false sense of security."

more

Imperial
January 7th 2012


1738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Just a mistype I didn't pick up. I probably should have ran this through a spell check before I submitted. Lesson learned.

Imperial
January 7th 2012


1738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"Building on the theme of a planet in turmoil and a dire end for us all. It is the only logical and mature progression for the band. More of an emphasis on atmosphere, tighter song structure and sound. The same band only better."

the first, third, and fourth sentences are all fragments.


How about

"Ulcerate builds on the theme of a planet in turmoil and a dire end for us all. It is the only logical and mature progression for the band. The album has more of an emphasis on atmosphere, tighter song structure and sound. It is an album from the same band, but only better."


liledman
January 7th 2012


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

With their previous release "Everything is Fire" Ulcerate set a new bar for themselves and bands of the genre.
Standing out on top of the pile. Creating and intense brooding atmosphere while combining crushing drums with
dizzying guitar wizardry.


first of all, you could use some punctuation in the first sentence "release, everything is fire, ulcerate..."

combine the second sentence with either of the other two sentences.

"creating and intense... while combining"

change "and" to "an", and also change "while" to "by" or just re-phrase the sentence altogether, it reads a little strange
with while in there.

"The Destroyers of All" is no different. Building on the theme of a planet in turmoil and a dire end for us all. It is
the only logical and mature progression for the band. More of an emphasis on atmosphere, tighter song structure and
sound. The same band only better. The music paints a wasteland within your head and stirs up unfelt emotion. It's truly
a work of art. Every piece as chaotic as the next but crafted with such delicacy and care.


all of these sentences sound like little fragments or dot points that you have jotted down, then haphazardly thrown
together. there are times when words are just missing: "every piece is as chaotic...", "there is more of an
emphasis..." etc. also try using more punctuation to give a logical flow to your writing; reading aloud certainly helps.


"truly a work of art" is an awful phrase to use, but thats just my opinion. of course it is art, thats what music is.


im not going to point out everything, but please re-read your work and think more about how you are expressing your
ideas.

Imperial
January 7th 2012


1738 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the input. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me out.

liledman
January 7th 2012


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

not a problem

SLAUGHTERDOZER
January 7th 2012


278 Comments


not a 5

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 7th 2012


3663 Comments


Still don't know what to think of this

sifFlammable
January 7th 2012


2741 Comments


the summary is still very clumsy, if you wanted some feedback.



Ignimbrite
January 7th 2012


5464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it really is good for a first, though

seedofnothing
January 7th 2012


3425 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Excellent first review, keep it up. Pos.

"It's unbelievably heavy and a negative experience emotionally."

The emotional experience is subjective, for me it was a positive experience.



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