Immolation
Here in After


5.0
classic

Review

by blou52 USER (8 Reviews)
May 28th, 2019 | 70 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An entirely evil and incredible sophomore release from one of death metal’s finest and most consistent bands.

After five years since their previous album, Immolation emerged again to encapsulate the darkness of death metal. While taking a five year break in between albums is not always the best idea, Immolation clearly didn’t stand idly by during those years. Sounding more mature and focused than their already great first album, Here In After simultaneously takes everything Dawn Of Possession did right and gives an even more unique sound.

From the very beginning of the album, the guitars are eerie and unorthodox in their playing. Combing a healthy dose of speed with mid-tempo flourishes, guitarists Robert Vigna and Tom Wilkinson set the tone for the rest of the album. Fitting perfectly with the artwork, the riffing is unpredictable and harsh. Where the playing truly excels is in the slowest parts. On songs like “I Feel Nothing” and “Under The Supreme” the guitars are slowed down to near doom levels at times. This gives a very palpable sense of evil and mourning to the music. This style would be used much more sparingly on albums after Close To A World Below . The solos on Here In After are equally stunning. The playing during the solos is the fastest guitar work on the album, yet often times has a section where the guitars slow down and become more sinister and brooding.

As with their previous album, the drumming is expertly tailored to the rest of the music, keeping pace with the rest of the playing and adding to it. The drums were properly recorded so that it sounds natural and, as a result, each kick and note can be heard clearly when played. The playing itself is tight and gives evidence that an experienced drummer, Craig Smilowski, is behind the kit. Unfortunately, this would be his last recording with Immolation, but he left a lasting mark with this album

The only subject of controversy for this album is the vocals. Some say that they are too monotonous and unenjoyable. While it may be true that the vocals hardly vary over the course of the album, their execution is phenomenal. Spewed by Ross Dolan, the vocals on this album are even deeper and more powerful than on his previous work. Unlike with many other vocals this low, the lyrics are clearly discernible for most of the album. This allows the listener to actually comprehend the lyrics. As opposed to many anti-religious lyrics, the lyrics on Here In After are intelligent and never seem cheesy or outright cringey. A notable aspect of the vocals is that they seem to vibrate when a note is held, something that has been removed on later releases.

One flaw in this album is that there is basically no bass guitar. It would make sense that the bassist, also Ross Dolan, would want to have his instrument be heard, but this just isn’t the case. While it may make the album slightly better, Here In After is already bass heavy and it could be too overbearing if the bass guitar was brought up in the mix.

Here In After stands as a monument to the intense and anti-religious brand of death metal that Immolation is so famous for. This album is the best of their original style, that is, before they changed it on Close To A World Below . Between the multitude of riffs, nearly incomparable sense of nihilism, and unique sound epitomized in this album, Here In After is a must listen for fans of death metal and still retains its power after over two decades.



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blou52
May 27th 2019


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its been over a decade since this had a review so I decided it was time and I felt it needed more recognition anyways

blou52
May 27th 2019


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Also, constructive criticism is always accepted and appreciated

brainmelter
May 27th 2019


6431 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nice this needed a 5 rev

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2019


9614 Comments



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bigguytoo9
May 27th 2019


570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YOU COULDNT SAVE THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

blou52
May 27th 2019


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I keep listening to this album again... and again... and again...



Funeralopolis
May 28th 2019


14336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Although many will disagree with me I always thought this production on this was awful it sounds so thin, especially because of lack of bass.

hexfix93
May 28th 2019


1694 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Finally the best Immolation album gets a 5 star review.



And yeah def think the production is fine. Could be better, but certainly not bad.

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blou52
May 28th 2019


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The production isnt great, but it serves it purpose well enough. I actually like it more than their later stuff like Close To A World Below

ffs
May 28th 2019


5347 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review, been a while since i heard this

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 28th 2019


7669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Imagine if Scott Burns produced this thing. hubba hubba

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chayka
May 28th 2019


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If only the production had been better...

StrikeOfTheBeast
May 28th 2019


7669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's not that bad even if it is the worst part of the album.

blou52
May 28th 2019


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Makes you wonder why they chose to have this album produced by a novice.

Casavir
May 28th 2019


3562 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I still think the production on this is pretty good.

blou52
May 28th 2019


103 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I never really noticed the production being a problem until people started saying it wasn't good. I don't think its very different from their first album

Hawks
May 28th 2019


71824 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The production is fine.

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StrikeOfTheBeast
May 28th 2019


7669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It does the job

CaptainDooRight
May 28th 2019


4091 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review pos

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mindleviticus
May 28th 2019


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hell yea brother



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