Impending Doom
Death Will Reign


3.5
great

Review

by CollectTheLeaves USER (7 Reviews)
November 15th, 2013 | 30 replies | 5,899 views


Release Date: 11/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Impending Doom's heaviest and strongest album yet.

Self-proclaimed purveyors of ‘gorship’ Impending Doom have always been a beacon of hope in a genre cluttered with unimaginative breakdown addicts and bass drops so dense they're in danger of setting off the Los Angeles fault line. Don’t misunderstand, though. Impending Doom were still guilty of all the trappings that deathcore brought with it. The difference is that they at least tried to get creative with it. Yeah, songs like ‘Murderer’ were a bit on the nose at times, but songs like ‘Peace Illusion’, ‘My Light Unseen’ and ‘Death. Ascension. Resurrection.’ demonstrated that they had the ability to compose engaging songs that resonated with the listener, and this has translated into their new (and best) LP, ‘Death Will Reign’.

Right from the off, Impending Doom make it clear that ‘Death Will Reign’ is absolutely feral; a much heavier album than any of their past works. Opener ‘Ravenous Disease’ assaults the listener with an cannibalistic rage, heavier and thicker than rotten custard that’s been mixed with concrete. The title track continues beating you around the head with your own spine and third track, ‘Beyond the Grave’, ups the intensity again. The only image that comes close to imparting just how overwhelming the experience is that it’s like being locked in a phone booth with a maternally outraged gorilla.

Don’t worry, though, it’s not merely breakdowns and blast beats. ‘My Own Maker’ is a really interesting track that starts off with a breakdown accented by symphonic elements which quickly shift into a bouncy djent riff reminiscent of Northlane’s ‘Dispossession’. Rather than go track by track, suffice to say that the rest of the album is as heavy and as subtle as a ten-ton hammer to the rectum, but ‘My Own Maker’ is a standout among an album of standouts.

The band members themselves are in career best form, too. Drummer Brandon Trahan is fast, technical and absolutely watertight. Bassist David Stiig adds a crushing low end to the mix. In a genre where bass guitarists are theoretical at best, his is the crucial job of filling out the mix to its full density, and guitarists Manny Contreras and Eric Correa are freaks. They’re brilliantly technical (see ‘My Own Maker’) and blindingly fast. They also know when to hold back on the technical speed metal if the song will suffer for it (see 'Hellhole').

However, the MVP award goes to frontman Brook Reeves. You would be forgiven for assuming that they’ve acquired a new vocalist since 'Baptised in Filth'. His vocals have improved one hundred fold, putting him in serous contention for the best harsh vocalist in metal. His lyrical content is also a refreshing departure from the standard deathcore lines of zombie nuns fornicating with demons while misogynistic serial killers commit unspeakable atrocities. For example, ‘My Blood’ revolves around the love he feels for his wife and son, and ‘Rip. Tear. Burn.’ is a condemnation of the growing secular/nihilist culture in modern metal.

There are negatives here, however. In essence, while it’s a very diverse album, for deathcore, there’s always going to be that footnote of ‘for deathcore’. It’s still full of breakdowns, blast beats, bass drops and everything else we’ve all come to loathe from this genre. ‘Death Will Reign’ is undeniably eschewing its deathcore roots and encroaching further onto death metal territory than ever before, but it still retains vestiges of its origins that hold it back from being something truly special.

Ultimately, however, ‘Death Will Reign’ has far more virtues than it has sins, and it's arguably the best deathcore album in recent memory. It’s diverse, it’s engaging and it’s unbelievably heavy from start to finish. Frankly, that’s its biggest asset. It’s so thick that you could wear it like a second skin. It absorbs you in its disgusting embrace and ravages you from the word go. Unlike other deathcore albums, however, you won’t just enjoy it, you’ll beg for more, and ‘Death Will Reign’ will be only too happy to oblige.



Recent reviews by this author
Biffy Clyro OppositesMake Them Suffer Neverbloom
The Amity Affliction Chasing GhostsIn Hearts Wake Divination
The Chariot One WingFor All Eternity Beyond The Gates
user ratings (78)
Chart.
3.5
great
other reviews of this album
Nocturnal (5)
Review is srsly. srs. srsly....

guynamedcarl (2.5)
Impending Doom's fifth outing is nothing new: 46 minutes worth of extreme heaviness and breakdowns....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Nocturnal
November 15th 2013


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Pos'd. This album needed a good review.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2013


1664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's definitely their best effort yet. Just solid songwriting in general. Also, good review. I pretty much agree on every point you made.

CollectTheLeaves
November 15th 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a very pleasant surprise. I didn't expect much, just because they're so damn inconsistent, but it's a good album that's a fun listen and it's growing on me.

heyadam
November 15th 2013


1710 Comments


Those metaphors though...

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
November 21st 2013


14305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well shit, this is actually pretty decent.

Digging: We Will Fail - Verstrung

Nightragerz
December 8th 2013


3 Comments


They keep getting better with every release. A lot of bands lack this process...

MosesMalone
December 19th 2013


1836 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That rating. Damn.

Betray
December 20th 2013


2911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Impending Doom DOES get better with every album they put out.

Definitely one of the best albums of the year.

Instrumentally and lyrically, this album is the band's most brutal to date, and Brook's vocals absolutely slay on this record.

Digging: In Flames - Siren Charms

Thibs
April 9th 2014


1462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

>Carnifex

Digging: Bolzer - Soma

Nocturnal
April 10th 2014


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

">Carnifex"

I don't think anybody ever disputed this.



Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2014


14305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Reeves' vocals are a huge part of why this actually works.

Tremz
April 10th 2014


443 Comments


does this deathcore?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2014


14305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is the coreiest of death lol

Tremz
April 10th 2014


443 Comments


hmm, if you 3'd this it prob means its a 3.5

will czech

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 10th 2014


14305 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm warning you dude it's junz galore but it works because it actually heavy as the ocean and even though there's a bit of double tracking on the vox you can tell the guy has some monstrous pipes.

It's probs about about level with Thy Art's new one.

Tremz
April 10th 2014


443 Comments


impending junz by the sound of it!

hmm cool, i enjoyed that record tbh so gonna give this a go

Nocturnal
April 10th 2014


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Ya check this out Tremz its some awesome deathcore.

Betray
April 10th 2014


2911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

still jam this occasionally when i'm in the mood for stupid heavy shit

Nocturnal
April 10th 2014


1329 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

"WELCOME TO DOOMSDAY"

Betray
April 10th 2014


2911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

only impending doom could write a christian album and still make their lyrics brutal



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy