Ingested
The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams


2.8
good

Review

by Benjamin Jack STAFF
April 7th, 2024 | 46 replies


Release Date: 04/05/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Reflux

Listen up, our kid- I’m gonna tell you a tale from the deathcore days of yore. It’s the tale of a band with a questionable attachment to evisceration of the anal variety and a reticence to securing a full-time bassist. They formed under the grim Lancashire sky of Manchester, UK and eventually settled upon the suitably repellent name, Ingested. The sound? An amalgam of heavy-handed deathcore and punishing slam, razor-wire bound by the concrete-chomping vocals of Jason Evans. Their style struck a chord with many who found the MySpace scene vibe of the age a little too twee, and in time they became relatively well-known for their huge live sound, hideous gutturals and constant touring. Fast-forward sixteen years, and the band is still going strong; more established, respected and prolific than ever before. Yet, there’s been an undeniable tumble in quality during the latter phase of their career; one which can be attributed to the gradual dilution of their slam elements, and their transition to becoming a strait-laced deathcore outfit. The issue with this admittedly slight stylistic shift is that the prominent slam influence gave Ingested a reasonably individual vibe. With the deathcore boom currently underway on the metal scene (and the more dynamic sound materialising within the genre), in order to succeed as a grassroots deathcore outfit there is no room for complacency or so-so material. Ingested are essentially ‘core royalty at this point so it’s doubtful they’ll haemorrhage their listenerbase entirely, but The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams represents a very middling deathcore release, full of noise and fury, but lacking in the pummelling dynamism that elevated the band beyond the typical genre sound in the years prior to 2022’s Ashes Lie Still.

Let it not be said that the album doesn’t get off to a solid start, however. The initial run of tracks are nasty and purvey the deathcore-with-a-progressive-edge the band has been chipping away at in times of late very well. ‘Paragon of Purity’, the album’s opener, is especially vicious, and calls to mind cuts from 2020 release, Where Only Gods May Tread. Follower ‘Endless Machine’ is similarly rousing, with galloping percussion and a chunky, groovy riff. It’s in the tracks that follow that the release starts to unravel and the collection begins to buckle under the weight of its own laxity. ‘Where No Light Shines’ utilises a faux-epic, shrill guitar hook to backend the chugs, blunting the foreground aggression and making the whole exercise feel quite uneven. This sort of attempted grandiosity is hardly a dealbreaker, especially since the track has a satisfyingly crunchy breakdown to offer, but the issue is highlighted due to the build created by the songs that precede it. Those cuts, whilst enjoyable, felt like they were escalating in anticipation of the selections soon to follow- the third recurrence in a row seems to hint at a band going through the motions instead. Sadly, this theory only fills with more water as the release continues. It settles into a groove that it never transcends, offering strong deathcore energy but never being punchy or interesting enough to be compelling. Any given song will assuredly have a brooding groove, cement mixing vocals and at least one breakdown/ slam segue, but once it becomes apparent that this trifecta is all Tide has to offer, a lot of the appeal sluices out.

Nonetheless, there’s a relatively good time to be had with Tide, provided expectations are suitably lowered. The band parted ways with longtime bassist Brad Fuller in 2019 and has operated as a 3-piece with studio instrumentalists filling the void ever since- a curious but commendable display of integrity by the band that has undoubtedly fuelled some of the more emotional lyrical content in the years since. Evans has asserted that struggles both personal and professional were the source for a lot of the thematic content on display here, and on occasion the turmoil of the lyrics is reflected at least semi-effectively by the music itself. There’s a well-implemented use of cleans for the simple chorus mantra on ‘Starve the Fire’ that somehow bypasses the corniness and dovetails with the foreground brutality without feeling forced. ‘In Nothingness’, featuring Chimaira’s Mark Hunter, similarly manages to bind together some more atmospheric leanings within the heaviness without souring the effect, and it mostly works, but some of the expected intensity does start to wane in the latter stages of the song. The personal lyrical touches throughout the LP do afford the album a sense of grounded seriousness notably absent from Ingested’s formative years when the topics at hand were generalised carnage and murder, and the music, whilst certainly not their most creative output, works well in asserting this energy. Whether this adjustment can be chalked up to a maturing band or a desire to evolve beyond expected tropes, the effect is sadly nowhere near as impactful or wantonly savage as longtime listeners know the band to be. The overall tone feels neutered; picked clean of gleeful chaos and supplanted with a discount progressive tendency that allows for a more expansive songwriting style, but one that is far inferior to all prior releases.

It’s disheartening that the sonic springboard Ingested had positioned for themselves following the underwhelming Ashes Lie Still hasn’t launched them down a path of further experimentation and refinement. Taking steps backward to tried-and-tested sounds would also have been preferable to Tide’s listless recitation of genre hallmarks and attempted grandiosity. Ingested have been one of the hardest working bands on the scene for some time now, pumping out albums almost yearly prior to this LP, all of which were effectively brutal and, to varying degrees, true to their established sound. It’s bizarre, then, that Tide was preceded by a gap of almost two years and it’s the most generic the group has sounded since The Surreption. It’s got the deathcore attitude in spades and breaks out the slam influence on occasion, in addition to being a more thoughtful experience all-round, but it’s far less engaging than anything Ingested have released in the past decade. In an age when deathcore is having an unprecedented resurgence, there could be no better time for a mainstay as beloved as Manchester’s Finest to explode out of the blocks and show that Ashes was a small stumble as they attempted to appropriately engineer their sound. This would undoubtedly have secured them more fans, not to mention laid further groundwork toward fully evolving their sound to a degree they would be completely satisfied with. As it stands, Tide offers little beyond disappointing proficiency. Enjoyable for sure, but complacent in execution and sorely lacking in the elements that have made the band a quality genre recommendation during their career.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2024


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Very cool album art



Music’s okay, personally my least favourite from them

Hawks
April 7th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Great review bro. God awful album.

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2024


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Thanks lad. It’s no Cowboy Carter but it has its moments ;)

Hawks
April 7th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

LMAOOOOO

Tundra
April 7th 2024


9804 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah this band is boring as shit, it's like a mixture of all modern deathcore tropes presented in the most boring way possible

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2024


671 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Again, sadly the band looks better than it sounds

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2024


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Always found them to be quite decent for what they are, gave me my first introduction to the slam sound with their first album. This though…. there’s just nothing to it. It’s just competent deathcore, nothing more nothing less

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2024


671 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I definitely agree that their very first has some punch in it. I was also introduced to them with that album when it was released back then.



Since The Surreption I can't get into them that much sadly. Nevertheless, always great art and great logo haha

NexCeleris
April 8th 2024


113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Circa 2009, we used to blast the first few tracks off Surpassing the Boundaries to gently "motivate" the remaining five patrons to leave the club. Worked like a charm every single time.



This one is slightly better than Ashes Lie Still, but still just as bland as most of their back catalogue. They should have just stuck with their slammier early sound.

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 8th 2024


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Actually think this is slightly lamer than Ashes Lie Still, mostly because of the more generic songwriting

I agree that they should’ve stuck with their slam sound but Level Above Human is still my favourite release of theirs and although they’ve never been the most exciting band on the scene they were always reliable for a nasty time

CugnoBrasso
April 9th 2024


2754 Comments


You and meeee
have a diseeease
You ingest me
You ingest me

Hawks
April 9th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

The 4.5 soundoff for this is literally one of the dumbest things I have ever seen in the history of this site WOW.

WretchedCacophony
April 9th 2024


3060 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

certainly among the most hideous of album covers I've ever seen

These guys are like the Kataklysm of this sound. Just good enough to get by but it doesn't get you too excited

NexCeleris
April 9th 2024


113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"These guys are like the Kataklysm of this sound."

Musically, this comparison is simply on point. On point in a blew-my-mind way, even. Bravo!



Just want to add that I met the Ingested guys multiple times and they're super passionate about their music. Was disappointed in their live sound, but that was more due to a perceived lack of skill rather than a lack of energy. The drums in particular...

Kataklysm, on the other hand, have clearly been phoning it in for the past ~20 years.



XfingTheSullen
April 9th 2024


5270 Comments


I saw an interview with these guys one time and they said they think unintelligible slam vocals are stupid and they're never going to do them, super based thing to say

WompState
April 10th 2024


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the guy with 86k comments on Sputnik being triggered by my sound off is amazing lol

Brizzle
April 10th 2024


14 Comments


Man I use to love some Ingested. Saw them open for Despised Icon late 2019 I believe it was, they were a 4-piece then and pretty damn sick live. Also very nice guys. But it's undeniable their last couple albums have been a letdown and very samey. As someone above said, kinda boring. Damn shame.

If they went back to their Architect of Extinction sound that would be best case. Their slammy shit was pretty fuckin solid.

Hawks
April 10th 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Triggered??? I'm just shocked you can read tbh.

PumpBoffBag
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2024


1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.8

Play nice Hawks, the guy digs it and nothing wrong with that, let’s leave the mud on the ground.

Plus it draws more attention to Horrendous and that’s defo not a bad thing

WompState
April 10th 2024


44 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

dude you had to make a soundoff AND a comment just to say how "stupid" my subjective opinion is. you got triggered, just own it, it's ok, you're safe here.



also idk why you're shocked i can read we are on a site that is literally all text. like i read your comment obviously i can read. that is a stupid thing to say period.



i hope you are stoked that you've literally thrown thousands of hours of your life at a website that barely functions rofl.



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