|Review: Immolation - Atonement|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 22, 2017
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.35/5 (86.92%) (26 Votes)
About 17 years have passed since I first heard Immolation. Back then I was just getting into death metal and Failures for Gods didn't really click for me at the time (whereas now I listen to it and the rest of the band's discography more or less regularly). Immolation is one of those bands that I find is pretty consistent, never rocking the boat too much, never sucking and never pushing the boundaries of the genre too much. They do their thing and they do it well.
Atonement further reinforces that impression. The low, deep, sometimes haunting growls are at the rendezvous, providing a baseline for Immolation's brand of death metal that focuses on heaviness as opposed to speed, all wrapped up in a sombre atmosphere that just grabs you from the first note all the way to the end. The album offers a good balance of "wall-of-sound", monotone heavy death metal along with livelier, sometimes even catchy moments that wake you up from a trance every now and then, keeping you alert.
This album won't surprise those who have heard the band's previous material as they stick to a proven formula and somehow manage to keep it fresh. I prefer that over bands that try too much and end up screwing things up. Bottom line, Atonement is another mighty fine entry in Immolation's discography.
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