This is more than a pig squeal or a down tuned guitar, this is taking a hit of acid and walking into a liquor store with a flame thrower.

Whenever fans speak about various metal genres and their musical expectations, I’m always impressed with the seriously optimistic tone used by those who follow death metal.

The standards of a death metal fan are in some ways higher than that of the average metal fan. This is a place where style and quality are the standard. A gory endurance is always held in high admiration.

Immolation has been an active moniker since 1988 but hasn’t released any new material since 2013’s Kingdom of Conspiracy, I’ll admit I was skeptical. When great bands take time off the effect can hurt as much as it can help. On one hand it can allow you to recharge the batteries, take a new approach or fully explore ideas but it can also hinder progression, halt momentum and invite stagnation. Fortunately, Immolation used this four-year hiatus to their advantage reminding us what a death metal juggernaut they really are.

Atonement puts Immolation’s sound on full display. Their style is undeniably original and easily identifiable. This is more than a pig squeal or a down tuned guitar, this is taking a hit of acid and walking into a liquor store with a flame thrower. There is a sinister appeal to listening to this music that cannot be denied. Highlight tracks for me are: “The Distorting Light”, “When the Jackals Come”, “Rise the Heretics”, “Atonement” and “Immolation” – a re-recording of the Dawn of Possession classic!

Immolation have stuck to their roots with Atonement. The songs follow the Immolation formula, excessively brutal yet technically impressive. Check out this latest release and get ready to make your own death metal penance! \m/

 

Immolation are:

  • Steve Shalaty – Drums
  • Robert Vigna – Guitars
  • Ross Dolan – Bass, Vocals
  • Alex Bouks – Guitars
This article was originally published 3/27/17 by Metalrecusants.com
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