Immolation
Unholy Cult


4.5
superb

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
August 14th, 2006 | 203 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


HISTORY
Immolation, a death-metal band which was created in 1986 in New York. This band might be considered as a regular death-metal band for those who are not familiar to death-metal, but if you are a big death-metal fan you can hear that this band does have some special and/or unique features. One thing that Immolation has been known for is their half-complex and sometimes crazy guitar work, while many bands play often ''repetitive music'' or more melodic death-metal Immolation created their own special sound. Many of their albums sounded different, ''Here In After'' was pretty slow and very complex in its material and ''Failures For Gods'' was a bit more turned up in pace and maybe had a bit less complicated material. This band plays death-metal in old-school formula, the vocals are dark growls, the drum patterns are often very intense and the guitar work is often energetic and frantic.

ALBUM INFORMATION
This album was very different than the albums that I have heard before this, this time the band seems to have taken some adrenaline shots of something that has energy. This album is called ''Unholy Cult'' and basically every song in this album is a fully loaded death-attack with massive energy and aggression. Every song is fast, brutal and often very catchy, the drum work is nearly flawless or is flawless, there are three guitarists in this album who makes an awesome sound and the bass is much more audible this time. As any death-metal band these guys focus their lyrics against god and jesus, basically everything that has to do with god and religion.

BAND MEMBERS
There is a group five this time, we start with frontman Ross Dolan. His vocals in this album are still the same orchish and grunting stuff that he uses in the previous albums, but this time the vocals are a bit faster and maybe not so deep or dark. You can actually hear the lyrics pretty good, but I guess there are not many people out there who really cares about the lyrics, I don't. Back to Ross, his bass is much more audible this time which was avery good thing in my opinion. You can hear the brutal sound from the bass in almost every song, there are no standout performances from Ross but he is doing a great job to form a thick and rock-solid rhythm section. According to the facts that I have about this album it appears that there are three guitarists in this album, they are Robert Vigna, Tom Wilkinson and former Angel Corpse member Bill Taylor. They all are doing great in this album, the lead work is great and the rhythm sections are solid. It does sound like that the guitar work has starting to get more progressive than complexive this time, the guitar work was pretty complex and wierd in their previous material but this was different. The variety of riffs and shredds is very good, it sometimes sounds like black-metal based riffing, even some small thrash riffs appears in some of the songs, and their own twisted concoction of guitar playing appears as well. Alex Hernandez is the member who makes this album excellent, he delivers blast beats, double-bass kicking and of course the classic machine-gun drumming. Every drum pattern is quite unique for the songs, the beats and double-bass drumming is placed perfect in every song, nothing sounds odd or misplaced, flawless drum work.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS ALBUM
This was definitely one of the best Immolation albums that I have heard yet, one thing I really liked was the drumming. Songs like the fast and brutal Of Martyrs, And Man and the slower but heavier Reluctant Messiah had some of the best drum patterns and song structures in general, both were catchy and you could hear every instrument. Unholy Cult was also a song that made my adrenaline flowing, it starts off pretty slow but very heavy and it later gets more speed, more variety in the pattern and the vocals were strong. Another cool thing I liked here was the frantic and energetic guitar solos, the solos were much longer, advanced and more technical if you compare them to their previous albums. I also thought that their twisted and crazy self-invented guitar style still appeared in some of the songs, Sinful Nature was a song that had both a wicked guitar solo and crazy guitar work, but it was yet fast, heavy and brutal. There was only one thing that I thought was a bit dull was the vocals, they are still the same deal. Ross gruffs on with his ''single-tracked'' growling, it is though a very effective vocal style but when you always hear the same stuff over and over you will get tired, sooner or later.

MY CONCLUSION
Man, this album was awesome, it grabbed me by the ba**s and wouldn't let go. I just had to listen through the whole song before I moved on to the next. The whole album was loaded with aggression, heaviness and speed, every song felt special and the material didn't felt repetitive in any way. The album had more atmosphere and depth than the other albums that I have heard, its hard to describe but this album just felt so enormous. The only thing that I still don't like is the vocals from Ross but that is my own opinion. I will recommend this album to any death-metal fan, this album was a perfect mix between old and new, old-school death-fans would definitely enjoy this. This band might not be a critical band in the death-metal genre but this is one of the best death-metal bands that I have heard. I hope you had a good time reading this and I hope that I have given you a good guidance with this review.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS
-- Of Martyrs, And Man
-- Unholy Cult
-- Sinful Nature
-- Bring Them Down

This album will be given a 4.5/5 because of the high tempo, superb drum work and the progressive/technical guitar work



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Onewaytrip2hell
August 14th 2006


508 Comments


Great, solid, long review.(Not too long though) Keep it up.(After 94, I don't think you'll have a problem with that...)

metallicaman8
August 14th 2006


4677 Comments


Nice work.

EDIT: just curious have you ever reviewed anything non-metal?This Message Edited On 08.14.06

purplefeet
August 14th 2006


6 Comments


This is my favorite Immloation disc. It is an awesome experience givin it a listen.

I think your review does this album justice, for sure man.

Keep up with the good beans

m/

Thor
August 14th 2006


10200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Looks like everyone's counting down until you get your 100! Keep it up.

south_of_heaven 11
August 14th 2006


5436 Comments


When he hits a 100 I'm gonna nominate him for ROTM

Dethtrasher
August 14th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, this got more attention than I thought. Many thanks btw!
ROTM?

south_of_heaven 11
August 14th 2006


5436 Comments


ROTM = Reviewer of the Month. You get a bigger avatar and bragging rights and stuff

metallicaman8
August 14th 2006


4677 Comments


One day I will be reviewer of the month *stands proud and tall*

....but not this month if dethrasher is nominated

him>me

Onewaytrip2hell
August 14th 2006


508 Comments


In about 6 months, I may be reviewer of the day(if that was possible...). But as for reviewer of the month - Deathtrasher>metallicaman8>>me...This Message Edited On 08.14.06

Dethtrasher
August 14th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can you become ROTM in any time?. If I don't become ROTM this month, may I become that next month instead or?

metallicaman8
August 14th 2006


4677 Comments


Yeah, you can be nominated more than once. I was nominated once.

south_of_heaven 11
August 14th 2006


5436 Comments


The voting process will usually start around the 20th, which is the cut off date for all of that months reviews. So lets say you have a review on the 22nd...well, that'll go towards September. And you have to have a minimum of three reviews that month.
I hope you get a 100 reviews after the 22nd or so, cause I want to win so I can actually have a flippin' avatar!
BTW, I DL'd 'Spectrum of Death' and 'Darkness Descends', both of which were recomended by you. Good stuff there, good stuff.

Dethtrasher
August 14th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Then you MUST get Destruction's ''The Antichrist'' and ''Inventor Of Evil''. Those albums will blow you away, extremly energetic thrash-metal with great production.

metallicaman8
August 14th 2006


4677 Comments


SoH11, No if Dethrasher doesn't win this is my month!

/ego

...by the way, I passed you again *insert cool guy face here*This Message Edited On 08.14.06

the2stranger
August 14th 2006


130 Comments


My favorite Immolation.
Good review. This album rocks so hard.
'Like A shadow over Mankind, Towering Over The Light'

Dethtrasher
August 14th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

TO METALLICAMAN
I only review metal. Everything else just disgust me, I basically hate or dislike all other music genres than metal. The only metal genres that I don't like is Black and NU-metal.
I think that metal will always stand proud no matter if the band or artist is disbanded, active or even dead. And my music teacher said once that the music today will only have less than 25% chance to make success.
That was just a few reasons why I only review metal.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 14th 2006


2806 Comments


You would have owned me in reviewer of the month if someone nominated you last month.

Cravinov13
August 14th 2006


3854 Comments


I wanna be reviewer of the month one day. :/

But most of my new reviews are gonna be for Cravinov26.

Dethtrasher
August 14th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is it ok to have more than one profile?

Cravinov13
August 14th 2006


3854 Comments


Appently so, cause I've already submitted 4 reviews on the other profile. The point is to really just seperate the metal reviews from the hard rock, punk, Kid Rock reiews. The oly band I made an exception for was Jack's Mannequin on my normal account.



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