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Review: Immolation - Close To A World Below
Close To A World Below

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2000
Duration: 41:57
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 2, 2001
Reviewed by: The Lord of Hate
Readers Rating
Close To A World Below

Rated 4.23/5 (84.55%) (44 Votes)

That's more like it. I wasn't too impressed by 1999's Failures for Gods. Close to a World Below, while not going too far away from Immolation's proven formula, boasts better production and more variety among the 8 songs that make up the album. I'm still not too crazy about Immolation's sound, but this is a much better release. Some songs lack in variety, with too much repeating riffs, and I wish they'd find a subject other than anti-Christianity, as this is becoming more and more of a trend. They keep this up and I'll be comparing them with Deicide's obsession. An album or two on that topic would have been more than enough. To their credit, they're against any religion, singing only against Christianity because that's the only religion they know, and therefore can speak of knowingly. In other words, they sing against what they know. Still, it's getting old. Find another hobby.

The music is predominantly heavy rather than all-hell-breaks-loose-fast, not without reminding the sound off Failures for Gods. Sometimes too simplistic or repetitive, it does have its strong moments, and the growling vocals are actually pretty good - I never thought I'd say such a thing. Add to this some awesome cover art. If you like your Death Metal brutal and heavy, this album should satisfy you.

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