|Review: Immolation - Here In After|
|Here In After|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1996
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 17, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Here In After
Second album from the band, five years after the debut and I would have expected that after all that time I could detect some changes in their sound. Surprisingly that doesn't happen here, instead they go further in the direction established in their debut. Basically brutal and heavy is the order of the day here, but the difference compared to Dawn of Possession is that they go more for the jugular here. Immolation doesn't waste time making their presence felt, with the cool opener "Nailed to Gold" you'll know that they are not messing around.
That song is only the beginning to what the band has to offer in their sophomore album. Just by reading the cool titles, like "Burn with Jesus" and "Away from God, you'll know that they carry the same themes and lyrical content as the debut. Those titles aren't only for show as the guys have the musical ability to support their ideas. Yes, they are tight and technical but they know how to create songs instead of making random noise, as each song has its distinct characteristic and vibe. That speaks volumes for their growth as a band, but unfortunately, this was the last occasion we would hear the same lineup playing together.
If there was anything wrong with this album is that Here in After takes time to get used to. Because of its unorthodox song structures and time shifts, the record needs more time than most Death Metal albums to fully appreciate it. Also some of the songs aren't quite as good as they could have been or cram too much stuff in them, as is the case with "Towards the Supreme" and "Christ Cage" (especially its ending). Having said that, that was something any fan of the genre or the band would expect and after four or five listens, it starts to open more and more.
This isn't necessarily a faster album or a heavier one. It possesses the same great quality as the debut but ultimately I felt like this was a tiny step back. More likely than not you already have it or have listened to it more than once. However, if you haven't, you cannot go wrong by getting this and if you happen to be a fan of this band, then this is an essential album.
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