Immolation
Majesty and Decay


5.0
classic

Review

by trainofconsequence USER (14 Reviews)
October 16th, 2013 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A captivating display of the absolute best musicianship around, this is an album where the two guitars twist in and out of a flawless drum performance to create sonic madness whilst Ross puts in the vocal performance of a lifetime.

Ever since their inception under the name of Rigor Mortis in 1986, New York death metal act Immolation has been an immovable titan of the scene. Their signature style of incredibly technical extreme metal music utilizes some fantastic atonal riffing, consistently murderous vocal performances from Ross Dolan and drumming that is almost second to none. Their barrage of brutal song-writing consistently scrapes the bottom of the barrel of quality to ensure that they have almost always delivered a Triple A performance with each installment in their blasphemous and socially aware career.

2010's outing for this legendary act is entitled Majesty And Decay, and may well be deserving of the title of best Immolation album. This is a release that has everything. It absolutely oozes atmospheric madness, whilst the riffs are arguably the pinnacle of charismatic and slightly insane guitarist Robert Vigna's time in the music industry. It has an untouchable amount of variety, from the faster paced tracks like The Purge to the slower and more deliberate numbers such as A Glorious Epoch. What this album does best, however, is its consistent heaviness. Every track of this album is as crushing as it gets, hitting the band's listeners like a steamroller with plentiful bludgeoning riffs and an abundance of creative and mesmerizing drum beats.

Every member of the band is on their A game with this release. Ross Dolan's vocals sound as though he has been swallowing gravel and razors for the last twenty years, reeking hatred and spewing bile across every one of these songs. Whilst the lyrical content has continued to evolve from their God-hating early works to more of a socially aware style on the newer albums, none of the malice is missing from the delivery. Meanwhile, the two guitarists weave in and out of one another with guitar lines that play off of one another to sonically recreate the agony and social decay the band's lyrics talk about. On A Token Of Malice the two guitarists really astonish, with a plethora of riffs that never cease to amaze.

Divine Code and A Glorious Epoch are possibly the most astounding creations the band have brought to the table on Majesty And Decay, really setting the bar at all new heights for their future works. The former hits like an artillery barrage with a truly killer drum performance from Steve Shalaty, who recognizes that not every song requires incessant blast beats to compliment the rest of the musical madness on display here. Meanwhile, the latter of the two is a song that jumps constantly between different tempos, from the groove-based mid-paced riffs to the tremolo picked section accompanied by blast beats. The way the two guitarists play off of one another whilst Ross delivers the lyrics is something to marvel at on this track.

Immolation's Majesty And Decay is a spectacular album from a band that has consistently shown themselves to be full of surprises. This takes their music to new peaks, with a collection of tracks that are among the finest in their career. This is an album I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys nothing but the absolute best death metal available.

Recommended Tracks
-The Purge
-A Glorious Epoch
-Divine Code



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BigPleb
October 16th 2013


36666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

m/

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Vakarian12
October 16th 2013


3847 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

riff in title track is crushing

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BigPleb
October 16th 2013


36666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, one of their best tracks for sure.

Smial
October 16th 2013


800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good stuff

TheSpirit
October 16th 2013


17846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

there best in quite awhile. miles better than the new album

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VsIsBetter
October 16th 2013


58 Comments


would i be within my right as an internet user to correct "their"?

battleinthenorth
October 16th 2013


19 Comments


Certainly their best since Close To A World Below yeah

SpiritCrusher2
October 16th 2013


3042 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Unholy Cult dude

trainofconsequence
October 16th 2013


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol this destroys Unholy Cult and CTaWB. Only Dawn comes close.

CaptainDooRight
October 16th 2013


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is solid dm butt a 5 tho?

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MO
October 16th 2013


18680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules hard

evilford
October 16th 2013


22567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of their best but in absolutely no way does this even come close to blowing away CTAWB

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trainofconsequence
October 16th 2013


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Obviously your named after this lol everyone knew that haha

Alastor
October 16th 2013


271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best death metal bands

evilford
October 16th 2013


22567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah top 3 easy

trainofconsequence
October 16th 2013


1440 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Top 15

CaptainDooRight
October 16th 2013


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

top 100

evilford
October 16th 2013


22567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

top 80,000 agreed

CaptainDooRight
October 16th 2013


29132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thing is if immo is in 3rd place saying top 3, top 1,000, or top 50,000 would still be accurate, technically

butt here's the thing, when's the last time you've had waffles

evilford
October 16th 2013


22567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

few weeks ago, love them shits



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