Lie in Ruins
Towards Divine Death


4.0
excellent

Review

by Elijah Andrew STAFF
December 24th, 2014 | 18 replies


Release Date: 02/04/2014 | Tracklist


This year didn't deserve and album like Towards Divine Death. No, this year was all about riff idolatry and overt heaviness. Offerings like Promulgation of the Fall and Morbid Dimensions attracted some much appreciated attention to death metal, garnering praise all without any sort of cross over appeal. But what said albums (as well as many others) lacked was the unique presentation and charisma that death metal is capable of. Lie in Ruins, on the other hand, have loving crafted an album that brings the heaviness and charm of Dead Congregation alongside the atmosphere and experimental brilliance of Emptiness. In essence, Towards Divine Death is the perfect snap shot of death metal in 2014. It's a loving homage to the greats while also acting as a guiding light for where things should be headed.

Lie in Ruins have released an album that feels charred down to its core. Ravaged raw by fire, the band's latest is a bleak and dark creation where each member is playing with this in mind. The album is an exhausting affair, with tracks moving along like wars of attrition. Eight minute plus songs move along at a steady clip, with a thick and murky miasma obscuring the destination. Regardless, it feels like no time at all as the songs are incredibly distinct and varied. The constantly shifting tempos create an uneasy feeling, with the disorienting torrent of sound adding layers upon layers, bogging the listener down. Rather than become too entrenched in the technical aspects, the album revels in its mood and atmosphere. The entire record seems alive and pulsating with dread and doom. The vocals feel distant and impending, while the drums seem to beckon some phantasmagorical entity.

Yes it may seem contrived to say all of this nonsense, but Lie In Ruins have truly created something that effects the listener in a real way. Towards Divine Death is a master work of modern death metal. It's a dark and bestial anomaly with a character unique to the genre. Containing the brutal technicality that the genre is known for, while also side stepping the mindlessness that can come along with it, the album stands as a testament to true creativity within metal.



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ComeToDaddy
December 24th 2014


421 Comments


Got me really keen to check this out, great review. Sounds like it should've gotten a lot more attention than it did

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Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
December 24th 2014


10676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I found it fairly recently so maybe it's my infatuation telling me that it's my favorite dm this year. But no matter, it's just super high quality.

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thelastsignal
December 24th 2014


1663 Comments


Nice review, Xeno. One little thing I noticed:
"This year didn't deserve and album like Towards Divine Death"

I need to check this out.

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2014


3559 Comments


ELI IS BACK ON STAFF WOOOOOOO

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ShadowRemains
December 25th 2014


21669 Comments


i heard this wasn't very good tbh

Veldin
December 25th 2014


1680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

6/10

tempest--
December 25th 2014


14670 Comments


shitty band name but Ive had this on my to-check list for ages

greg84
Staff Reviewer
December 25th 2014


7474 Comments


Eli is staff again. It's a Christmas miracle!

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OvDeath
December 25th 2014


1187 Comments


This album has an amazing atmosphere about it but it's a good thirty minutes too long

r0bbb
December 25th 2014


256 Comments


the first second i listened, this reminded me of dragged into sunlight

emester
December 25th 2014


4384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Checking now and I gotta say, Im really digging this

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emester
December 25th 2014


4384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will admit though, some tracks are go on too long for their own good

Thibs
December 25th 2014


1778 Comments


good review. been meaning to check this a while now

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ProjectFreak
December 25th 2014


1447 Comments


HOLY WOW AN ELI REVIEW ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT

ExplosiveOranges
December 25th 2014


3912 Comments


ELI'S BACK YEEEEEEEE

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fromtheinside
December 25th 2014


19206 Comments


Should the first sentence say an and not and?

Sup Eli

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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2014


16978 Comments


Well my Christmas wish came true.

Welcome back Xeno!

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SharkTooth
December 26th 2014


6578 Comments


"This year didn't deserve and album like Towards Divine Death."
*an


btw congrats for going back to staff

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