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Atonement - 80%

todesengel89, March 2nd, 2013

With excellent bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse and Hour of Penance creating a stir for Italian death metal, it has caused me to start noticing death metal bands out of the region. Logic of Denial started spewing forth their brand of death metal as early as 2003, yet it wasn’t until 2010 when they released their debut full length release. Atonement comes in 3 years later, and the band’s sophomore album promises to be an exciting release.

Right from the start of the album with Reek of Perpetual Infamy one immediately knows what is in place for him, with the sheer brutality of Logic of Denial‘s art hitting the listener relentlessly for the next 40 minutes. The riffing of guitarist Alessandro right from the start is incredibly furious, backed by the equally merciless rhythm section of bassist Marcello and drummer Daniele. Coupled with vocalist Mattia’s throaty growls, the band’s bears rather strong resemblance to such Polish extremists as Hate, Infernal War and Azarath, especially the riffing patterns on the start of Weeping Upon Repugnance, complete with the generous usage of pinch harmonics. The fact that the album was mastered in the famous Hertz Studios definitely adds to the Polish comparison, with the chunky production quality that Polish bands have now come to be known for.

Yet Logic of Denial manages to prevent themselves from sounding like a complete Polish death metal clone, as the intensity and technicality on Atonement also brings in some elements of their fellow countrymen Hour of Penance. This especially so on the work of drummer Daniele, who easily goes from more complicated drumming patterns to full-on, non-stop blast beat sections. The complex, yet consistently brutal and aggressive guitar works throughout the album also reminds one of bands like Nile, in particular the lead guitars that are often layered above the chaos rhythmic background. The audible bass throughout the album also provides that low-end growl for the music, as the band ensures that the entire auditory spectrum is covered.

Spoken samples can also be found littered on the album, and these help to reinforce the destructive mood and energy of the band’s music. The dosage of brutality that Logic of Denial has injected into the listener with Atonement is direct and ruthless, and just as quickly as it began, the journey was over, and there is not a single moment where the band let up in their aural onslaught, leaving one with sore necks quickly enough.