|Review: Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All|
|The Destroyers of All|
Label: Willowtip Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: May 24, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
for:The Destroyers of All
Rated 4.11/5 (82.29%) (35 Votes)
Ulcerate are excellent at conveying a cold and bleak mood and that has never been more apparent than on their latest, The Destroyers of All. The dreary atmosphere the band creates is one of a kind, but one can certainly draw similarities to other acts. The molten aura is reminiscent of Immolation for one, though the two outfits are still very different. There is also a wave of evil that permeates The Destroyers of All that likens them to Deathspell Omega, though that band isn't death metal. These are great comparisons to pinpoint the style Ulcerate go for.
The music here is the type that will send chills down your spine with dissonant chords that vibrate through the soul. The songwriting that the band displays is solid, if a little lacking in structure at points. The band is often able to capitalize on the ingenuity of a riff, though they sometimes verge on repetitious. This can be seen by how every song has an impact on the listener, but the work has a whole has a tendency to begin to sound too much the same after a while. Make no mistake, I'm nitpicking and the band is able to make the positives of their music far outweigh the slight quibbles. Like the bands mentions earlier, Ulcerate is able to have a commanding presence through sheer power and overwhelming atmosphere which can be seen in such excellent cuts as "Cold Becoming".
When comparing this release to the previous one, the also excellent Everything is Fire, one can find more mood and less standout stellar moments. It's really a natural progression for the band that doesn't do anything drastically out of the blue, but continues to crank out more solid death metal. This is another quality release from what is quickly becoming one of the more reliable death metal acts today.
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