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Review: Immolation - Failures For Gods
Failures For Gods

Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 40:16
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: May 12, 2000
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (39 Votes)

Hmmm... Ok... From what I've heard, Immolation is pure death metal.  So my first impression after listening to this album is that pure death metal isn't exactly my thing :).  I won't comment much on the lyrics, except to say that they are definitely typical pure death metal - as far as the subjects go anyway.  The lyrics seem pretty well thought-out, and the booklet's presentation is not your standard book-like pages but rather you unfold it to get everything on a single page.  The layout looks great.

The vocals are the expected guttural type, but actually well articulated enough that I could understand most of the lyrics without blasting the neighbors away.  As for the songs... well, this is where I hit a wall.  I guess I'll need to train my ear more to death metal to be able to really distinguish them without actually looking at the track number on the CD player.  They kind of sounded all the same to me.  However, listening more closely, there is some interesting stuff in there.  "No Jesus, No Beast" is probably the song that caught more of my attention, surely due to the lyrics.  Immolation's music often slows down into a heavy, dark sound which both like and dislike... weird.  There's also some pretty fast playing, although sometimes it sounds kind of... disorganized.  Oh well, I can't like everything.

Ok so now I know I'm not into pure death metal, but this album sure beats the crap out of Armored Saint's Revelation album which I returned to the store and got this Immolation album in return :).

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