Review Summary: An astounding accomplishment in death metal, showing more progression from the band with some of their strongest cuts to date
Few names hold the same weight in the death metal scene as that of Immolation. Boasting a career spanning around 25 years, their dark reign of brutality seems as incessant as the quality ridden in their formidable catalogue. From the first chapter of their career through to more recent installments such as the glorious Majesty And Decay, the band has consistently brought nothing but powerful music from the catacombs of the recording studio, whilst maintaining a reputation for a chaotic live performance. Punishing riffs and warped song structures form the back bone of this death metal titan's music, and once again this winning formula returns for 2013's Kingdom Of Conspiracy.
The ten tracks that make up this latest installment from the four-piece band spans around forty minutes, and in this time the band never once lets you forget why they are heralded as among the best and most consistent acts in the scene. The title track kick starts the album in magnificent fashion, foreshadowing what is to come from the rest of the album. Inhumanly fast drumming accompanies a riveting backdrop of Robert Vigna's demented riffing as the band takes the listener on a sub-four minute journey straight into the bowels of Hell itself. This opening song stands out among the best works the band has put out throughout their entire musical history, from the strangely beautiful-sounding lead work to the guttural grunts of Ross Dolan that remain as intelligible as ever.
The band has continued to evolve on Kingdom Of Conspiracy with some of their most crushing and well thought out compositions to date. Indoctrinate delivers a swift jab to the nose with a frenzy of furious and frighteningly fast riffs coupling a variety of different very fast drum patterns. Yet again, however, this is a track that does not forget the importance of a well timed slower segment, flowing fluidly in an organic fashion to make for a harrowing experience. Another stand-out track is closing song All That Awaits Us, bringing together all of the disharmony and chaos that the rest of this thrilling album embodies. Not one second of this track is wasted on redundant riffing or dips in creativity, merging some violent riffs with Ross spitting bile about the political subject matter that makes up the lyrical content of Kingdom Of Conspiracy.
Immolation's latest studio offering is an absolute pillar in the discography of these New York death metal legends. Standing proudly alongside Majesty And Decay and Close To A World Below, this collection of twisted tracks delivers nothing but the most visceral experience which will leave the listener absolutely flabbergasted.