|Review: Flagellation - Incinerate Disintegrate|
Label: Last Entertainment Productions
Year released: 2007
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: May 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
This is just the second release from these Swedish death metallers, the first of which was a demo which was released in 1998. What the reason for the inactivity between that release and this recently released EP is unknown, but the band certainly have the passion and skills of a band many albums into their career.
Opening and closing with atmospheric instrumentals, there are only four 'real' tracks on offer, each track managing to slice out its own identity, with impressive use of synthesizers, intuitive arrangements and a clear sense of impressive songwriting ability. With the use of synthesizers, the band at times border on a blacker sound similar to that heard in Dark Funeral's more recent albums, with the occasional taster of the heavier side of a less proggy Vintersorg (if only on the clean almost operatic vocals heard mixed amongst the gut churning broken glass gargling). For the majority of the album though, it's an aggressive face-breaking death metal master class all the way, with technicality coming in the form of the riffs and the brutality being fired out like a howitzer by the inexorable drum barrage – all topped off by the evocative atmospheric keyboard work, which as strange as it sounds manages to click perfectly into place, giving further room for the maddening array of riffs to truly run amok.
Pretty impressive all round then, fast paced and angry, but not without a sense of melody and an excellent ear for interweaving symphonic keyboard work amongst the technical mayhem. A professional release which is well worth looking into.
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