Gorephilia
Embodiment of Death


3.5
great

Review

by hyperi0n STAFF
August 5th, 2012 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist


Genre revivalism is a bit of a problematic phenomenon. Usually it results in music that grounds itself in nostalgia rather than whatever it was that caused a movement to arise initially. This then leads not only to a severe lack of context but also a setting that is largely devoid of any noteworthy contributions, especially when compared to the original contributors. However, this is not necessarily always the case, and the recent emergence of revivalist old school death metal provides plenty of evidence to support the notion that not all dead genres will stay dead forever. The success of this new breed of old school styled death metal benefits from the fact that the context from which it was originally spawned never really left (or was never there in the first place) and has given birth to more than a few new acts that stay true to the old formulas while breathing enough new life (or death, whichever suits you) into the style to hold their own against the seminal bands of the original movement.

Hailing from Finland, the birthplace of one of the most putrid early death metal scenes, Gorephilia place themselves firmly within the confines of this new wave of old school death metal bands. Coincidently, they also happen to be one of the better acts to emerge from this scene, and their debut full length Embodiment of Death is an almost 40 minute piece of filthy old school death metal filled with more than enough well executed ideas and rotten riffs to stand on its own amongst its sea of influences.

Having released what is essentially a four song EP only a year ago, Embodiment of Death sees Gorephilia tread essentially that same path all while making a few worthwhile adjustments to their approach that result in a tighter, more focused, and more diverse effort. While Ascend to Chaos, the previous EP, tended to get a bit loose around the edges in some places, Embodiment of Death clears up any pervious problem the band may have had. The ideas and motifs presented flow together effortlessly and the songs contain a healthy amount of sophisticated tempo changes, prevalent on tracks like Exist to Suffer and Saints Without Souls, and tasteful songwriting. Perhaps the most drastic improvement is seen in the instrumental performance, especially when it comes to drums. The execution is very nearly flawless and while the drumming on Ascend to Chaos was by no means bad, Gorephilia's drummer has certainly stepped up his game. More importantly, Gorephilia have proven that you don't need to be sloppy to maintain that thick, dirty, organic sound essential for a good death metal recording.

Embodiment of Death essentially sounds like a razor sharp synthesis of the mighty Convulse and their fellow countrymen Demigod. Gorephilia give life once again to that thick, putrid, doom tinged gloom that made the original Finnish death metal scene so good and execute it with respectful precision. It is very difficult to criticize any band for being derivative in a setting that is fueled by the spirit of revivalism, especially when the effort is as well executed as this. If you are expecting a slab of razor sharp old school death metal filth, Embodiment of Death is exactly what you are looking for. If not, why the hell are you even listening?



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2012


18521 Comments


this is a pretty high 3.5, definitely worth checking out, especially since this year has been extremely flat so far

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2012


16410 Comments


dude you have to write more SHOW WHAT AN ENGLISH MAJOR CAN DO

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2012


18521 Comments


dont worry ive got a couple albums i want to review in the near future

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 4th 2012


16410 Comments


hype4staff

ShadowRemains
August 4th 2012


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

especially since this year has been extremely flat so far


listen to the new necrovation

silentpotatofan
August 4th 2012


320 Comments


why would he do that to himself ugh bad album almost as bad as this awesome review tho

ShadowRemains
August 4th 2012


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lolwut

silentpotatofan
August 4th 2012


320 Comments


it means they both suck

ShadowRemains
August 4th 2012


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cone why u gotta be like that

silentpotatofan
August 4th 2012


320 Comments


darn it i thought for sure id get away with that easy. well maybe next time

ShadowRemains
August 4th 2012


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not with me, maybe with lakes or hawks or hollier or something idk

silentpotatofan
August 4th 2012


320 Comments


give me link to new necrovation please thanks

ShadowRemains
August 4th 2012


20846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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silentpotatofan
August 4th 2012


320 Comments


jom please dont look

CaptainDooRight
August 5th 2012


29421 Comments


just listened to "exist to suffer" and it was killer.

I really enjoyed your review too bro, one of the better death reviews I've read on this site.

Minor error:

"he execution is very nearly flawless and while the"

*lose "very" as it's unnecessarily redundant

besides that, pos'd.

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

silentpotatofan
August 5th 2012


320 Comments


neg

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2012


18521 Comments


ty captn will fix

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2012


18521 Comments


so many negs what did i do

CaptainDooRight
August 5th 2012


29421 Comments


personally, i've found if you don't say anything at all the mods will fix it, but if you complain about it users tend to give more, sucks i know but that's how i've found things work out, so i don't even complain about them anymore, most users around here know which reviews/reviewers are good, you being one of them

silentpotatofan
August 5th 2012


320 Comments


this reviewer sucks so yeah



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