Carcass – Immolation
CARCASS has released several classic albums over the years, including Decibel Magazine “Hall of Fame” inductees Heartwork and Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious, and their influence has changed the face of extreme metal with every consecutive release. Whether it was inventing gore-grind (i.e. Reek of Putrefaction, Symphonies of Sickness) or creating the template for melodic death metal (i.e. Heartwork), CARCASS has always made records by which bars were set and rules were broken.
Upon the band’s dismantling in 1996, fans mourned the loss of the seminal act and longed that the group would return again one day. In 2007, the metal world got its wish as CARCASS reformed to play several sold-out reunion shows around the globe. Once again re-motivated to administer a shot of cynicism and infectious riffs into the arm of a sickly metal scene, founding members Bill Steer and Jeff Walker began writing what would become the latest output of their highly influential career, Surgical Steel. Only the choicest of cuts were made, and blood sweat and tears were shed to bring us a record worthy of the CARCASS legacy. In short, Surgical Steel is just what the doctor ordered
The death metal band Immolation formed in New York in 1986; originally dubbed Rigor Mortis, the group first comprised singer/bassist Ross Dolan, guitarists Robert Vignaud and Thomas Wilkinson, and drummer Craig Smilowski. After a series of well-received demos, in 1991 Immolation signed to Roadrunner to issue their debut album, Dawn of Possession; a five-year gap (and a move to Metal Blade) preceded the follow-up, Here in After. With new drummer Alex Hernandez, the band resurfaced in 1999 with Failure for Gods. Close to a World Below was issued a year later.
Terrorizer magazine recently included Failures for Gods in its all-time Top 40 Death Metal Albums list. It wasn’t until after the release of Close to a World Below that the band joined the Century Media roster for the North American release of Unholy Cult in 2002. Harnessing Ruin followed three years later and, like anything tagged with the IMMOLATION name, was well-regarded by mainstream press and death metal legions alike. Outburn wrote, “Based purely on songwriting prowess, experimentation within a stagnant genre and musical diversity, Harnessing Ruin is hands down one of the more interesting death metal releases in years. On Shadows in the Light, IMMOLATION trademarks like discordant harmonies, distinctive grooves and the gloomiest of atmospheres are all well represented in their purest, most unadulterated fashion. “The new stuff is more extreme in a lot of ways. It’s much more tense and angry than the last couple of records,” says Ross Dolan (bass/vocals). “It’s more refined, straight-forward and fine-tuned. Returning with the same lineup as Harnessing Ruin, dubbed “the most skull-crushing of their entire necro-rompin’ career” by Revolver, the group finds itself uncharacteristically stable, allowing for chemistry not present in their formative years. Founding members Dolan and Robert Vigna (guitar) join Bill Taylor (guitar) and Steve Shalaty (drums) to form the group’s most consistently punishing lineup to date. Long known for its ability to develop and grow with each release, IMMOLATION more than lives up to its reputation as death metal’s most reliable band, having never released anything close to mediocre in their storied career. Not only is Shadows in the Light a perfect example of the group’s continued growth, but it may also be their most complete sounding album ever with 10 unique, hard-hitting tracks. The band will be headlining gigs from Spain to Holland in June with support from fellow legends and death-mongers Grave and Krisiun. Plans to return Stateside for what will surely be a devastating North American campaign are in the works. If you’ve missed out on these much-heralded exporters of death and destruction, Shadows in the Light is your opportunity to witness history in the making.
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