Esoctrilihum
Inhüma


3.5
great

Review

by Funeralopolis USER (42 Reviews)
November 20th, 2018 | 30 replies


Release Date: 10/19/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Melodic and ferocious

Escotrilium with their latest album Inhuma have managed to show off all of the best aspects of what blackened death metal has to offer. The album opens right out of the gates immediately with a crushing track, Into Daeth Hausth, that displays a vast array of death metal styles. Incantation-inspired bellows and overblown brutal drums bury this track but the band takes manages to make it more than mindless blunt force by adding in a strong touch of nuance throughout the track. There are particular moments across Into Daeth Husth that are downright melodic, some off-signature moments really add to the feel and help to shake up the monotony. Although the opener is one of the weaker tracks on the album it manages to do an excellent job of setting the tone.
Escotrilium always manages to find constant small ways to delight and surprise. Many tracks on a surface level feel samey – mostly in part to the drums – but as you dig deeper there are many moments where the band branches out from the basic formula to provide something exciting – this switch dichotomy between basic brutalism and fantastic melodic melodies really helps to keep the album feeling constantly fresh and engaging. Black metal and death metal at their core ideas are after all, the foundations for which many of our beloved bands are founded – it is this switch between new and familiar that makes Escotrilium a surprisingly easy and enjoyable listen.

While there are many excellent riffs on this album – we have to again talk about the drums. The drumming may be the weakest element of the band – the band manages to switch things up with introduction of new elements and riff styles but all too often the drums just pound as hard as possible. The drums being so loud in the mix does the rest of the band no favour, it is an odd production choice that they would put the least interesting instrument of the band at the very forefront of the mix. The drums are often so loud, they come across as abrasive – not in the ‘wow this is an intense and interesting way’ but ‘please stop’ kind of way.

There is a great deal of influences on display with this release ranging from Incantation, Carcass to Blut Aus Nord. There is a great sense of pacing to be found here, safe and familiar blackened death metal styles are intertwined with melodic, dark and tense moments to add just enough umph to shake up the formula.



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Funeralopolis
November 20th 2018


14366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album can be streamed here: https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/inhu-ma

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Evok
November 20th 2018


7746 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see this get reviewed! This beast really shines on a good sound system.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


16816 Comments


I'd take anything from i-voidhanger records. Sweet review, pos'd.

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Nocte
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November 20th 2018


10450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This looks like a blast

Hawks
November 20th 2018


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this sounds awesome.

Coast
November 20th 2018


995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two great releases in the one year.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


26103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review! This album is fantastic.

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necropig
November 29th 2018


5729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't know this fuck had a review m/

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TheNotrap
December 1st 2018


12101 Comments


Heavy stuff

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Lichtbringer
December 12th 2018


111 Comments


Cool, I love me some melodic melodies!

MotokoKusanagi
January 21st 2019


2308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the melodic parts are catchy af and done really well making this stand out. def giving this a dl later. similar recs welcome

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Hawks
February 12th 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About to jam the shit out of this. m/

WretchedCacophony
March 11th 2019


1727 Comments


do it hawkman it's a great one.

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necropig
March 29th 2019


5729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Has a new full length out May 24th



What.

Hawks
March 29th 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn nice. m/

necropig
May 29th 2019


5729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New ones good

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


8164 Comments


New one is really awesome...love the esoteric atmo and the sitar sound...and then the riffs m/ Are the other ones like that one?
This is just one dude!? wooaaa

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Hawks
July 19th 2019


73699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still gotta jam the new one ahrd.

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


8164 Comments


yes you do men

Illoomorpheme
July 19th 2019


399 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is incredibly underrated and probably one of my all-time favorite black/death albums. I feel like people just listen to a few minutes and then think they get what this album is all about, but it really takes a full dive to get into how fucking good this is. What seems at first like just another dirty dark death metal influenced BM project slowly transforms into what is actually a very cathartic set of darkly poetic tracks with a lot of crescendos and variation in sound. A lot of incredibly punishing riffs, but also a great many triumphant melodies and introspective ambient and clean sections.



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