Innsmouth
Consumed By Elder Sign


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
February 21st, 2014 | 45 replies | 3,853 views


Release Date: 01/18/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death metal as dark and ominous as the shadow that looms over Innsmouth

Presumably straight from the otherworldly depths of R’lyeh, the under-produced sludge that leaks from Innsmouth’s first LP conjures images that are appropriately Lovecraftian. This brand of death metal is all that is great about the genre: leviathan riffing wrapped in a package that can barely contain the filth-ridden tones that bellow out from within. It’s a 6-track affair that, while containing mostly lengthier tracks, feels oddly swift considering the down-tempo tunes that Innsmouth put forth. That is quite a complement, though, because nothing is ever left hanging out to dry; riffs consistently swell in and out or, in the case of some of the faster licks, break down the door then jump out the window. It’s a satisfying depravity that only seems to fully manifest itself in this type of death metal: riff-laden, murky, degenerative heaviness that, due to these qualities, is insanely listenable. The bass is thick and chunky; the vocals coated with an acidic rawness that manages to seep into every crevice and corner of an album that, by the nature of its style, relies on these qualities to succeed.

Everything on Consumed by Elder Sign does succeed, because Innsmouth know who they are and what they are trying to do. It’s not a pretty album, not a complex one, not a technical one. It is about as simple as you can get with death metal: swirling riffing and primitive vocals doused in a production that tends to slam the lows and bring out the highs when solos do come around. Rarely breaking from a plod, the album carries some attitude through its tempo, which takes things easy while allowing the guitars to roam around from riff to riff, harnessed only by the simplistic drumming that keeps it all in line. There are no attempts here to depart from the warm confines of this blend of murky death metal, and that’s part of the appeal. Consumed by Elder Sign is a comforting album because of its refusal to branch out, but still conjures a thick atmosphere of mystery that mirrors its subject matter with perfection.




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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

praise the deep ones

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oltnabrick
February 21st 2014



30531 Comments


tbqh this rocks

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014



18238 Comments


this was ok

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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only 4 comments that's how you know the album's good

Ending
February 21st 2014



1892 Comments


5 comments.

I love simple death metal, so I'm definitely gonna listen to this. So many bands try to be super wanky to compensate for a lack of genuinely interesting riffs these days (or so it feels like) so this sounds like it could be refreshing.

RoyalImperialGuard
February 21st 2014



1255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My nigga Kyle.

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Relinquished
February 21st 2014



24878 Comments


about time nigga

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

STOP RIGHT THERE CRIMINAL SCUM

RoyalImperialGuard
February 21st 2014



1255 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nigga. Nigga nigga. Nigga?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 21st 2014



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://i.imgur.com/BiLgJKg.jpg

tempest--
February 21st 2014



13048 Comments


sounds like it cthulus hard, gotta check

great review dude

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Mister Twister
February 21st 2014



1523 Comments


that album cover looks like it was made in the early 90s

Monsieur
February 21st 2014



78 Comments


Album cover looks like Dark Soul's Valley of Drakes

I may need to get out more

dancok
February 21st 2014



51 Comments


intriguing album art agreed

Wizard
February 22nd 2014



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rips hard, thanks for this Kyle!

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2014



16299 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you like it Karl

BigPleb
February 22nd 2014



35453 Comments


I love that album art.

Sweet rev too dude.

CaptainDooRight
February 22nd 2014



28731 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rules, drums and riffs are perfect

lack of innovative composition is why this isn't a 5

And quite frankly I don't care that it isn't a 5, nor was I expecting that

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ShadowRemains
February 22nd 2014



20479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

australian dm never disappoints

Tyrael
February 22nd 2014



20798 Comments


yea this rules



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