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But what will we see when the light is gone? - 85%

6CORPSE6GRINDER6, June 23rd, 2017

Immolation’s most recent record takes a step forward from its predecessor, featuring a more ambitious proposal and a line-up change. Composition wise it sounds way more inspired and fresh, songwriting is somehow more memorable and powerful than on Kingdom of Conspiracy. The line-up change isn't such a big deal since the main songwriter is still Robert Vigna, they changed the second guitarist but there's something in his playing than gives a refreshing hint to the album; even if it isn't as good as their golden era releases, it kicks ass.

I think that the biggest difference between this record and their previous is the comeback of the heavy slow breakdowns with lots of pinch harmonics. Very old school. The rest is pretty much the same, melodic but terrifying devil's music. Fast tremolo guitar lines that evoke feelings of intense despair, tight drumming always following the guitars with psychotic precision and tone-aware fills and breaks. Slow breakdowns are conformed by weird metrics that sound “out of place” and interestingly dissonant. There’s a lot of rhythmic tension going on there. Bass guitar is okay, it doesn't really stand out but it serves as a mattress for the guitars. Ross Dolan’s vocals continue being the best in the genre after all these years, always deep and ultra low but legible. Lyrically they sent exactly the same message they used on their previous record: the last days of humanity are already here.

To summarize, another solid album from the death metal masters. The listen is totally worth it even if you're not a particular fan of the genre because of it's pristine production and delicate craftsmanship. This is definitely a well elaborated piece of art, just not as good as their best efforts.