Esoctrilihum
Inhüma


3.5
great

Review

by Funeralopolis USER (42 Reviews)
November 20th, 2018 | 15 replies


Release Date: 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 19th 2018


14273 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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

Evok
November 19th 2018


7677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2018


15531 Comments


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

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2018


9388 Comments


This looks like a blast

Hawks
November 19th 2018


69379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this sounds awesome.

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Coast
November 19th 2018


873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two great releases in the one year.

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


25114 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review! This album is fantastic.

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necropig
November 29th 2018


5243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't know this fuck had a review m/

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TheNotrap
December 1st 2018


10238 Comments


Heavy stuff

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Lichtbringer
December 12th 2018


49 Comments


Cool, I love me some melodic melodies!

MotokoKusanagi
January 21st 2019


1753 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

Hawks
February 12th 2019


69379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

About to jam the shit out of this. m/

WretchedCacophony
March 11th 2019


1199 Comments


do it hawkman it's a great one.

necropig
March 29th 2019


5243 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Has a new full length out May 24th



What.

Hawks
March 29th 2019


69379 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn nice. m/



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