Condemned
Realms of the Ungodly


3.5
great

Review

by AllGabrielsAreGlass USER (4 Reviews)
May 8th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An enjoyable rehash of other, far superior offerings.

Condemned are a band that ultimately is a shadow when compared to other death metal bands out there; not paticularly well known and unlikely to be; nothing paticularly unique. The kind of band that you are likely to find in the back aisles of used CD shops; that never really made an impact and for the most part were simply there to fill the void. Should you pass them by however? Definitely not.
Whilst this album is by no means a classic, it is one of those rare albums that is just great as it stands, with every track being an enjoyably crafted slice of brutal death metal. Each band member suceeds in giving a thrashy, reliable showing on each of their instruments. Special mention must go to the drummer however, as instead of simply pounding the double bass and blast beats over and over again as many death metal drummers do, he attempts to put an original spin on things by using random bits of fill.

The biggest two problems with this album are very common in the genre and sadly Condemned do not manage to escape them: Repetetiviness and lack of individuality. If you were to listen to this album and not be allowed to see the track number or times you would simply not be able to tell when each track begins and ends. You could start off listening to track 1 and before you even realize it at least four tracks have gone by. This also causes the album as a whole to feel bloated as each track is brutal riff after brutal riff and gets tiring very quickly. A lot of the tracks when compared to the standouts also feel incredibly fillerish and seem to exist solely to fill up space, thus some of the songs are of little value.

The album occasionally breaks into rare atmospheric moments, the tracks that do this such as Eirgmos Aidios, Catharasis of human impurity and Realms of the ungodly are easily the standouts; As they provide something of a breath of fresh air when compared to the sheer brutality throughout. Lyric wise, this band is something of a suprise, as a lot of imagination and effort has clearly gone into catering the standard death metal subjects and can occasionally serve as a remedy for lack of individuality. Unfortunately, the singers guttural growling can make most of the lyrics near impossible to understand at parts and thus a lot of them loose most of their significance.

Realms of the Ungodly is doubtless an enjoyable experience overall and is definetly recommended if you are seeking some new death metal to jam on an infrequent basis. You really have to give credit to some of the band members for attempting to bring something new to their brand of death metal, unfortunately it may prove to be to little too late. We can only hope that Condemned decides to take their more original route in future rather than rehashing what many of their peers are already doing.


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AllGabrielsAreGlass
May 8th 2012


431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Feedback appreciated, even if editing is down. Hope it comes back up because Im sure there are a few typos Ive missed somewhere.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2012


6344 Comments


Some corrections in a good review, pos.


paticularly

particularly


Catharasis

Catharsis


doubtless

doubtlessly


definetly

definitely



Condemned are a band that ultimately is a shadow when compared to other death metal bands out there; not paticularly well known and unlikely to be; nothing paticularly unique. The kind of band that you are likely to find in the back aisles of used CD shops; that never really made an impact and for the most part were simply there to fill the void.

I would write it like this:

Condemned file under that class of death metal bands that lie within the shadows cast by other and infinitely more prolific/original acts of the same genre. Should you pass them by however?....


The album occasionally breaks into rare atmospheric moments, the tracks that do this such as Eirgmos Aidios, Catharasis of human impurity and Realms of the ungodly are easily the standouts; As they provide something of a breath of fresh air when compared to the sheer brutality throughout

The album occasionally breaks into rare atmospheric moments. Tracks such as "Eirgmos Aidios", "Catharsis of human impurity" and "Realms of the ungodly" are instant standouts in the aforementioned respect, as they provide a welcome path of diversity against the prevailing death metal brutality.

Digging: Aspherium - The Fall of Therenia

AllGabrielsAreGlass
May 8th 2012


431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Massive thanks again Voivod. Does anyone have any idea how long it will be till editing comes back online?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 8th 2012


6344 Comments


Don't mention it man.

About the editing thing, unfortunately it is unknown when it will get back to normal.

Anthracks
May 8th 2012


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this isnt really like suffocation at all aside from the fact that suffocation pioneered the genre. this is a disgorge clone with more emphasis on the immolation influence in riff structure.

Digging: The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

AllGabrielsAreGlass
May 8th 2012


431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wasn't really intending for the comparison in my recs, its pretty much just other death metal Iv been digging lately. (Is comparison what it's supposed to be used for? if so my apologies.) But thanks, when I get a chance to edit Ill include that in my recs.

YUJOS
May 12th 2012


955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

AllGabrielsAreGlass you write "You really have to give credit to some of the band members for attempting to bring something new to their brand of death metal, unfortunately it may prove to be to little too late."
What do you mean by too little too late?

Digging: Skaphe - SkŠphe

AllGabrielsAreGlass
May 14th 2012


431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just realized that needs editing. I meant that this originality comes to little to late to save the album as a whole.

YUJOS
May 14th 2012


955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A ok man thanks! Got it now.

AllGabrielsAreGlass
May 14th 2012


431 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Anytime man, was it you who pos'd this btw? If so thanks!

YUJOS
May 14th 2012


955 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nothing man. : )

ZapJaguar
June 27th 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I loved this CD. I got "Realms" as soon as it came out and listened to it everyday while walking to work for about a month or so. There are some really creepy atmospheric moments that almost make you feel like you are inside of the hell pictured on the front cover, but aside from these brief interludes, the entire album is one big technical frenzy of psychotic drumming, gurgling demonic bestial growls and guitar riffs that hurt my brain. Was there bass on this record? If so I think they pulled a "And justice for all..." and turned him down to zero as a cruel joke.



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