Immolation
Acts of God


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves STAFF
February 17th, 2022 | 773 replies


Release Date: 02/18/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kneel and fear, for the death metal monolith is roaring once again.

Since its inception, death metal has been constantly evolving, mutating, spawning a host of sub-genres that, despite orbiting the same core, have taken on different forms. It is synonymous with stylistic vitality. Something that distinguishes it from neighboring genres, such as thrash or classic metal, which have always found it difficult to expand their boundaries. Yet there are cases that deny the possibility of change, not because they can't but because they simply don't want to. New Yorkers Immolation fall into this niche. With a portfolio strongly rooted in its origins, the band epitomizes the spirit of perseverance and consistency, never straying too far from their original NY death metal formula. While there are subtle differences between songs and albums, they rest on common creative foundations, carved from the same sonic monolith. A massive structure that results from the interaction of three core elements: Robert Vigna's unorthodox labyrinthine riffs, Ross Dolan's deep gutturals, and intricate drumming that rejects any kind of conventionality. A distinct recipe, which ultimately separates the band from the rest of the pack. Whether it's revered releases like Here in After or Close to a World Below, or personal favorites such as Dawn of Possession, Unholy Cult or Majesty and Decay, Immolation have been dropping some of the most iconic albums within the genre. A remarkable legacy, only within the reach of a chosen few.

As predicted, Immolation's eleventh studio album honors the past while still showing subtle contrasts with its predecessor. Its lengthy nature (which makes it the longest album of the band's career) and mid-range mastering were the aspects that struck me the most on the first listen. Its broader approach also distinguishes it from Atonement's hermetic character, giving it a more modern look and feel without detracting from the band's DNA. Although fifty minutes of punishment may frighten some listeners, it is important to stress that Acts of God has a remarkable flow, sailing through various dynamics along the journey. All songs feature tempo fluctuations, swinging between slow-tempos and intricate blast beats, lending them a restless, lively personality. Nevertheless, despite Acts of God's elaborate approach, the slow-paced segments are undeniably one of its most defining traits. 'Immoral Stain', 'Derelict of Spirit' or 'Let the Darkness In' not only verify this argument but also push the album into majestic territory, somewhat analogous to 2010's Majesty and Decay. Immolation's slow yet dynamic sections catapult the music to colossal dimensions as if embodying a march of ancestral titans. This surrealistic setting, although present throughout their discography, now takes on greater preponderance, contrasting with more up-tempo moments, such as the opening track, 'The Age of No Light', 'Broken Prey' or 'Apostle'. The balance between these dynamics is thus vital to the album's identity.

While it can be argued that Immolation possess a somewhat monochromatic, repetitive formula, it is no less true that it is also indicative of strong character. And once again, the lads have shown they're not willing to delve into uncharted territory. Except maybe for the blackened The Ruins Of Beverast-ish texture on 'Noose of Thorns', Acts of God will not catch the listener off guard. Immolation's reliability has always been one of the collective's hallmarks as well as one of its greatest strengths. In this sense, the album is both familiar and engaging, stylistically consistent with the band's legacy. As are the quartet's musical performances, which remain instantly recognizable every step of the way. The music keeps orbiting Vigna's dizzying riffs and Ross Dolan's towering vocals, anchored by Steve Shalaty's phenomenal performance. While Steve's drumming has always been impressive, it has probably never shone as brightly as it does now, arguably being one of the album's highlights.

Like a vengeful God, Immolation once again ravage the earth with mighty wrath. A growl from below that while familiar remains as lethal as ever, for it mirrors one of the darkest sides the genre has to offer. More than an accomplished new chapter, Acts of God stands as a death metal monolith carved to endure the test of time and change, unaltered in essence and form. Immutable. Because, my friends, there are things that were meant to remain unchanged.




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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been having such a great time listening to this. Great jam.

The album will be available on all streaming platforms in a couple of hours.

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Hyperion1001
Emeritus
February 17th 2022


22208 Comments


stoked to listen to this. great review as always, especially that closing paragraph.

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JayEnder
February 17th 2022


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review goes hard, I'm sure the album will follow suit. Excellent work dude! m/

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TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, I appreciate it ;)

DavidYowi
February 17th 2022


2597 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah excellent review. Can’t wait to check it out tomorrow

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Em1994
February 17th 2022


915 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is decent enough. Around same quality as shadows. Solid but they've made stronger.

Azog
February 17th 2022


812 Comments


Never change a winning team!

Can't wait to hear the whole thing. Will probably end up buying it.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Notrap is fire

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

🔥 🔥 🔥

It will certainly be a smart buy Azog, especially the vinyl, with its stunning cover.

Flugmorph
February 17th 2022


27028 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

LETSFUCKINGOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also this is 15 tracks? Busy boys.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


3910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excited to jam this, m/

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17681 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two of them are short instrumentals, but yes, it's a long album.

butt.
February 17th 2022


9864 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Will be jamming the album first thing in the morning and then will read this review! This is the first time I’ve been around for a new Immo album fuckkkkk IM SO STOKED

GhostShelter
February 17th 2022


217 Comments


"This is the first time I’ve been around for a new Immo album fuckkkkk IM SO STOKED"

Were you born after 2017? lol

Frost15
February 17th 2022


1344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Were you born after 2017? lol"

Look at his avatar, he clearly a time traveler.

Really itching to hear this asap

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 17th 2022


17240 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

-IM SO STOKED-



IM SO STROKED







*Fixed

evilford
February 17th 2022


55513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice rev can't wait to jam dis

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JayEnder
February 17th 2022


14666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just bought the CD longbox. Can't wait for it to show up.



Easily their best album cover I must say.

DarkSideOfLucca
February 17th 2022


16148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Goddamnit I wanted to go through their discog before their new one came out



Didn't realize it was already coming out tomorrow, fucckkkk I didn't even catch up to Cult of Luna yet





Slow down, everyone. Wait for meeeee



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