Cruciamentum
Engulfed In Desolation


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
February 17th, 2012 | 80 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Is it lawful to 5 an EP?

To be straightforward, as my current mood suggest, this review is extremely pretentious; however, not without justifiable cause. When you find every element you know and love about sound, merged into one flawless piece of art, it's hard not to sound like a happy little school boy in heat. All jokes aside, "Engulfed In Desolation" is one serious album, ok I couldn't help myself.

There are obviously many forms of Death Metal available. Even amongst the different forms are subsidiary forms. Amongst OSDM you have the "techy" Demilich's, the heavy Immolation and Bolt Thrower's, the groovy Dismember’s, and many more elements. After a certain amount of time, being exposed to all of Death Metal's best acts, you will begin to formulate your likes and dislikes; your needs and wants. Being that we're all humans, at least I hope we all are, our opinions will differ; but in my opinion this album has everything I could possibly want in a Death Metal album. Perfect riffs: mostly tremolos with proper drawn out lengths, fusing chugs, occasional higher octave harmonies, but always favoring the darker heavy side. Orgasm inducing drums: staying one step ahead of the predictable norm, using well placed fills, and showcasing impeccable rhythm on the rides and cymbals. Frightening, guttural low toned growls: appearing in perfectly well placed fields, always enhancing the already set atmosphere that shines through due to perfect production; which favors an even balance of crusty vs. clear.

Although "Engulfed In Desolation" will not strike you as being anything new in the death metal scene, it did however grab my attention; being at how well the "puzzle pieces" were put together. This solid EP, giving a dense 24 minutes of playing time, takes the listener through 3 solid skull crushing tracks and ends with an 8 minute epic closer. The impavid "Unsanctified Temples" shows Cruciamentum's greatest performance to date. I highly recommend you stare at the album cover whilst listening to this track as you will really feel the what the creative minds behinds this album were trying to convey.

This is only rumor, but I heard Cruciamentum started with the album artwork first. They then "blew" the album art up into poster fashion. When they came together to write music for this EP they would always have the artwork in front of them; allowing them to have a unified visual goal, being what "Engulfed In Desolation" should sound like. I feel they've nailed this endeavor with dark sludgy alternating riffs to desperate heart pumping tempos. The visual aspect, achieved through sound, only testifies to advanced planning in this innovative one-minded technique.

With two solid demos, one split, and one azimuth-reaching EP, Cruciamentum have the formula to wet pallets of numerous Death Metal consumers. This catalogue can only make one so eager as to find what Cruciamentum has in store for future releases, hinting the epic closure to be a fore gleam into greater things to come. So yes, it is lawful to rate an EP a 5, as long his/her subjective taste' can justify.



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Hep Kat
February 17th 2012


16648 Comments


summary conveys some serious musical ignorance

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2012


16138 Comments


You serious, bro? This is maybe a 3.5.

Beachcoma
February 17th 2012


526 Comments


amazing review pos

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2012


16138 Comments


Ravens of a feather flock together.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 17th 2012


1237 Comments


both of the cruciamentum EP's kick ass

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 17th 2012


1237 Comments


Convocation of Crawling Chaos and this kick ass...put it that way...demo, ep, whatever it is

zaruyache
February 17th 2012


8102 Comments


So yes, it is lawful to rate an EP a 5, as long his/her subjective taste' can justify.


Captain Obvious

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 17th 2012


1237 Comments


dont see the need to the song is on convocation of crawling chaos?

Tyrannic
February 17th 2012


3262 Comments


i hope it's lawful to 5 an ep, just 5'd kindred actually lol.

reading over the review, it seems like you're trying to break out of that to-the-pointness of your other reviews, and i think the focus is off as a result. you really like this album, i can see that, but you ramble a bit in this review (i know rambling when i see it only because i ramble A LOT.)

Wizard
February 17th 2012


19791 Comments


I find myself not liking this as much as I should.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 17th 2012


1237 Comments


perhaps start with the convocation of crawling chaos demo, wizard

thats what i first heard

MrxSelfxDestruct
February 17th 2012


495 Comments


Is it lawful to 5 an EP?

lrn2TheRedPaintings

Tyrannic
February 17th 2012


3262 Comments


I wouldn't say you were redundant, just unfocused. it isn't bad this is definitely me being a dick right now, but a dick for your own good :D!

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2012


19453 Comments


no way this is a 5 but it still rules

CoCC is still better imo

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foreverjohndeered
February 17th 2012


897 Comments


it is a 5

liledman
February 18th 2012


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

since when do people admit to being pretentious because they can "justify it"? what are you on about



this review isnt very good im sorry. the whole first paragraph is awkward, and the rest isnt much better.

Inveigh
February 18th 2012


25420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea this is great but not even close to a 5

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paxman
February 18th 2012


4084 Comments


Stop using the word "pretentious," until you know what it means. Grammar issues and misspellings abound (semicolon usage; whet palates). However, the review was a quick and easy read, because you employed a simple, straightforward style. Other reviewers here (who shall remain nameless) are prone to fattening their works up with a masturbatory grandiose style, writers whose egos are so severe that one wonders if they are even writing about music anymore. With a bit of effort and hard work, you could be churning out some good reviews.

Island
February 18th 2012


577 Comments


95% of death metal bands and albums' names are so retarded

good god

foreverjohndeered
February 18th 2012


897 Comments


i agree with riff



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