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Immolation Harnessing Ruin


1. Swarm of Terror 2. Our Savior Sleeps 3. Challenge the Storm 4. Harnessing Ruin MP3 5. Dead to Me 6. Son of Iniquity 7. My Own Enemy 8. Crown the Liar 9. At Mourning's Twilight
2005 Olympic Recordings
Our score 6

7/11/2005

Story time. About 8 years ago, and I guess it was around the early fall of 1997, I received a death metal kick in the ass. It wasn't too long before my twentieth birthday, and at that time I was skateboarding a good bit. After a day of skateboarding, my friends and I would gather around our vehicles, smoke cigarettes, listen to music, and discuss who was going to try and buy beer that night. One particular night after skateboarding, I had just gotten a copy of Deicide's Serpents of the Light and was listening to it in my truck. I knew these two brothers, Andy and Matt, and Andy was a year or so younger than me, and was one of the only other guys I knew that liked death metal. Andy came over to my truck and asked me what I was listening to, so I told him it was the new Deicide album. He listened for a minute or so with me, and said, "come over to my car, because I have something you need to listen to." Since my death metal tastes, at the time, were constrained to Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, and Morbid Angel, I was always interested in any music that Andy had. He puts in a copy of Immolation's Here In After and I was floored. At the point, Immolation was the most brutal music that I had ever heard. I ended up picking up a copy of Here In After, and through the years have since gotten Failure For Gods and Unholy Cult, which I think are all damn good death metal records. However, with Harnessing Ruin, Immolation has disappointed me for the first time. When I first started listening to Immolation, it was the most evil music that I had heard, and they have always carried a diabolical feeling throughout their albums. Harnessing Ruin seems to lack the sense of urgency that previous Immolation albums had. It's not to say that this new album is bad by any means. By death metal standards, it is still a very good album, but for Immolation standards, it's a bit weak. The first thing that bothers me about this album is the production, which I am very confused by. Overall, the sound is very muddy, and nothing is very clear at all. What confuses me is the fact that even an album that is nine years old like Here In After has a clearer, more distinguishable tone than this newest release. I'm sure this band has their reasons for the production, but I don't like it at all. The other thing that bothers me is that some of these songs are quite mediocre, and it seems that the band is almost bored while playing them. Many riffs just sound rehashed and uninteresting. In general, however, this is a very solid death metal album. There are some killer solos, and the drum work (while hard to hear at points) is blazing and powerful. There is also a finely tuned sense of melody throughout this album, which doesn't detract a bit from the overall heaviness of the music. Son of Iniquity stands out a bit, and with its crushing grooves, and slower tempo, it encapsulates the overall brutality and melody, of the album. The vocals are extremely brutal and I wish I had the lyrics. I only got a promotional disc, so I didn't get any lyrics, which is a shame to me, because I've always thought Immolation's lyrics are some the darkest. Bottom Line: For the general death metal underground, this album is powerful, solid, and unrelenting. I don't really feel like Immolation is going to release a horrible death metal album, because they've been making this music for almost 20 years. Due to their impressive back catalogue, I feel a bit disappointed. While this album is better than most new death metal albums that will come out this year, the diehard Immolation fan might be a bit let down.

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okarma_ 7/11/2005 10:01:45 PM

first post.


okarma_ 7/11/2005 10:01:58 PM

no read ever


Jeff_ 7/11/2005 11:35:56 PM

Great album!!!!!


Coley Thrash_ 7/12/2005 5:16:30 AM

Failure For Gods and any album of theirs for that matter has some of the best lyrics I have ever read in my life. Listening to their material that is ten years old that still crushes the originality of todays Death Metal is a religious experience. Amazing f*cking band.


The REAL Bob Rock_ 7/12/2005 6:49:27 AM

Fair review. Anyone who says different either wasn't "there" or knows nothing about music.


ghetto_paul_ 7/12/2005 10:08:47 AM

decent album, but the reviewer has a point. there are definitely more "meh" moments on this album than one would expect from Immolation. doesn't measure up.


Natas-101_ 7/12/2005 10:33:56 AM

Passe = death metal. This band was weak even back in '92.


anaturaldisaster_ 7/12/2005 11:01:12 AM

^^^^^^ This guy is nu-scene


wolfpack_ 7/12/2005 11:34:58 AM

f*cking gay..great album..this review sucks as usual..just let hellbound review everything...


Ash_ 7/12/2005 12:04:57 PM

This cd and band in general is much greater than a 6/10.


marching_band_rules_ 7/12/2005 1:26:27 PM

Solid effort on the review Rob.


AGFGADGFD_ 7/12/2005 8:59:31 PM

THIS BAND SOUNDS LIKE ATREYU


SwampLord_ 7/14/2005 12:40:32 AM

This album is weak by Immolation's standards, but still deserves much more than a 6/10.


el justin_ 7/14/2005 12:42:08 AM

personally, i'd give it an 8/10


xSkullFuckingYourSisterx_ 7/14/2005 6:21:30 PM

wrost band ever this band should boil in c-m and have black shit shoved down their rear


SwampLord_ 7/15/2005 11:10:49 PM

^^^ This guy knows nothing about metal


slice.your.face_ 11/18/2005 6:40:03 AM

many of mcfeters reviews recount times of smoking cigarrettes eight years ago.