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A thought on bands using Incantation and Immolation as template

Frequent commenter neutronhammer left the following on a Phrenelith review: “I want to like this, but there is something about this album that is a bit off. Quite a few jarring, decontextualized start-stops. Songs which resemble a pastiche of riffs … Continue reading

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Death Metal Battle Royale Round 1: Immolation’s Here In After vs Demilich’s Nespithe

   Impressionistic appraisal: Immolation’s Here In After (1995) A demonic manifestation expressed through death metal of unprecedented baroque flourishes, Here In After seethes with violent emotion and incomparable forward momentum. Immolation when on song presented a seductive counterpoint to the bludgeoning … Continue reading

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Atonality, serialism, and death metal

Atonality in music is the lack of adherence to a tonal center for the duration of a piece or section. Tonal music functions within the framework of a specific key and the modes that are derived from it. Atonal music … Continue reading

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The break of metal songwriting

Darkness Eternal‘s 2001 album, Satanchrist, liberally employed the kind of breaks that Immolation patented on many of their classic album closers, albeit without the latter’s knowledge of placement. This record, though a little muddled in the way it arranges diverse … Continue reading

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A comparison of two classics: Dawn Of Possession vs Onward To Golgotha

Like two trains rushing past each other in opposite directions, the debuts of Immolation and Incantation found them closer in terms of sound than they would ever be again. Immolation would evolve significantly in the four years leading to Here In After, … Continue reading

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The devil in the notes: Tritone in metal

  Employed by metal bands since Black Sabbath‘s eponymous song in 1969, and by classical musicians for much longer, the tritone or the diminished fifth or the augmented fourth is nothing but a chord formed by spanning three whole tones … Continue reading

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Reclaiming death metal: Drawn And Quartered/Centurian

It is an indictment of the metal climate today that albums of the caliber of Feeding Hell’s Furnace and Contra Rationem have gone mostly unnoticed amidst the never-ending flux of Incantation copycats, pretentious occultists that mistake C-grade horror movie atmosphere for … Continue reading

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Zealotry – The Charnel Expanse (2013)

Somewhere along the road, death metal bands adopted tremolo-picked guitar lines as a cardinal rule, in no small measure due to blueprints laid down by early originators. Every once in a while a band like Immolation, Demilich or Atrocity would break … Continue reading

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Death Metal from the tombs: Blaspherian and Imprecation

These two American bands comprise the very best in sepulchral death metal in existence today. Both play a style native to the North American continent, owing a large debt of gratitude to the atonal, chromatic forms first put forth by … Continue reading

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Imprecation – Satanae Tenebris Infinita Review (2013)

This record boasts some of the more menacing use of synths in recent extreme metal. Never over-bearing, not much more than a decrepit susurration even; usually content to be a skeleton to the overlying riff, it still creates an ominous … Continue reading

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