Immolation
Atonement


3.7
great

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
February 22nd, 2017 | 455 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Not even God can save you now!"

An all-too-familiar-sounding guitar motif slithers into earshot, exposed but not alone. Before you have a chance to infer its purpose, it’s joined by a sonic armada – one that is instantly overwhelming and unceasing in its hostility. Chaos gives way to order as everything settles into a steady groove, then it all reverts to chaos, then back to order, alternating between the two states in an irregular yet calculated manner. Forcibly swept up but simultaneously fascinated, you sit in anticipation, not of a timely conclusion, but of what you’ll hear next. The pattern repeats until the aptly-titled “Epiphany”, by which time all you can really do is let everything sink in as words fail you.

Atonement is quintessential Immolation, in that just about everything that can be said about it has already been said about its predecessors. Make no mistake, that’s not to malign the album as an entity, but differentiating it from, say, Majesty and Decay or Kingdom of Conspiracy on a stylistic level is a struggle at best. It’s a bit more groove-oriented than either of them, and is much more listenable than the latter, by virtue of Zach Ohren’s newfound respect for boundaries concerning dynamic range compression. Sonically, it’s still clean as a whistle; Steve Shalaty’s metronomic drumming scythes its way through the mix but stops well before the threshold of pain. As such, you don’t need to be too hesitant with the volume, as everything congeals together with fluidity and without sacrificing Immolation’s unmistakable sense of malice.

Axeman Rob Vigna is in his element, penning leads and riffs with exquisitely veiled intricacy and delivering them with appreciable force. The usual plateau of percussive downstrokes, oddball bends, pinch harmonics and solos that loiter on the edges of tonality are in abundance, only seeming to enjoy a little more breathing space this time around. “Fostering the Divide” is a good illustration of this. The two main assaults are separated and bookended by bouts of minimal, tribal-esque drumming and auspicious, droning guitar lines – eerily reminiscent of an ancient call to arms. These minor yet oddly theatrical intermissions serve the rest of the material well, and give the listener a vital ration of auditory relief in the process.

Don’t be fooled into thinking these creative decisions are made out of sympathy, however, because all they do is augment the carnage when the band wage war on your senses. “When the Jackals Come", the title-track and “The Power of Gods” all make good cases for being Atonement’s most ruthless track, but the album’s true bastions lay just shy of these extremes. Vigna’s unusual, dare I say, melodic use of pinch harmonics that form the crux of “Lower” make the song an instant standout – alien in terms of timbre but alluring in its sensibilities. In a way, it represents a musical parallel to the angel adorning Atonement’s cover; Immolation’s music has once again taken a familiar form, only to contort it so as to spell out your inescapable fate.




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"Their war is already won, your world will end when the jackals come..."...


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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2017


1604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

tl;dr version: It's an Immolation album.



birb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE8PTMSFMUg

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brainmelter
February 22nd 2017


3733 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ayyy 3.7 is perf, great write up too

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Flugmorph
February 22nd 2017


15400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

highly enjoying this album so far, might be as good as majesty and decay in my books.

gj on that review ponesis

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elliootsmeuth
February 22nd 2017


3036 Comments


Gonna give this a dedicated listen probably Friday

MO
February 22nd 2017


21586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album rules definitely a solid 4

necropig
February 22nd 2017


2463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice m/

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2017


1420 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review is nice/10 yea

been digging this hard

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Evokaphile
February 22nd 2017


2622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome review. Rating is a tad a low imho, but as always your writing shines through in a convincing and genuine manner.

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Confessed2005
February 22nd 2017


3678 Comments


Great review. This sounds interesting. Never heard anything by the band before so may give this a shot.

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bloc
February 22nd 2017


40753 Comments


Excellent album, good overall sound too. Agreed with the rating.

Also this album is a good starting point for getting into the modern sound of the band.

kingdedethefifth
February 22nd 2017


2000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There really isn't a poor starting point getting into immolation except maybe kingdom of conspiracy

Evokaphile
February 22nd 2017


2622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

M&D is modern Immolation at their finest but this does a damn good job at keeping pace with that masterpiece even if it does fall a little short of the brilliance of that aforementioned 2010 opus.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2017


1604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks guys.



Also how does one go 12 years on this site without hearing Immo?

Spacesh1p
February 22nd 2017


6386 Comments


Nice review, didn't love the intro but I get what you're trying to do there. Rest is top stuff.

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Flugmorph
February 22nd 2017


15400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Also how does one go 12 years on this site without hearing Immo?"



or my dying bride for that matter

Spacesh1p
February 22nd 2017


6386 Comments


Enjoyed the birb as well.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2017


1604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

lol thanks Space. Birbposting is mandatory in the new year.

Evokaphile
February 22nd 2017


2622 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can someone fill me in on this birb thing?

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2017


1604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this should tell you everything you need to know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEISiCmjwH8

Flugmorph
February 22nd 2017


15400 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its right there



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