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An excellent death metal album. - 95%

ozzeh, March 10th, 2007

Iniquity is highly technical and brutal death metal. The level of knowledge the musicians show at their respective instruments is impressive. The guitar playing is very unique as well, which is always refreshing . No qualms with the drumming at all, they are executed very proficiently. The vocals are very aggressive and low but fit the music very well.

"Inhale the Ghost" is an awesome way to start off an album. The riffs are very original and the way they elongate the notes for effect is very fucking cool. This is also very heavy music, but very skillfully performed. "Surgical Orb" is another ripping death metal song, a little bit faster than "Inhale the Ghost". Every instrument sounds great here, especially the guitars which continue to destroy everything. They also implement dual vocals on this song; excellent.

"Sideral Seas" has a very memorable opening riff and corresponding guitar solo. The effect is quite awesome and it's obvious these guys know what they're doing. As usual on this CD, the drumming keeps time to perfection while the guitars impressively slay on. Of particular note is the guitar solos which are very tastefully selected. The central riff is very tightly played and is awesome. What is impressive about this band is their ability to continually change the dynamics of an individual song while still sticking to the central idea behind it. A classic death metal song.

"Random Bludgeon Battery" starts off with some incredible guitar leads and they do not relent. The diversity of the guitar playing on this album gives it a very level of re-playability. While Iniquity stays within the boundaries of brutal death metal, musically they destroy any expectations you might have of the genre. This song is proof of that. "From the Tarnished Soil" starts out with some incredible drumming and a scream from hell. One thing I have not mentioned up until this point, but is vitally important on any self respecting death metal cd, is the production. The production on "Five Across the Eyes" is perfect. Every instrument is heard with great clarity and it only gives the songs that much more of what I consider to be a classic death metal sound. "Reminescence" is a relaxing piano interlude over female vocals, a bit odd for the type of cd this is, but it is not entirely out of place.

"Pyres of Atonement" slaps you with five across the eyes. Seriously, this song is crushing. As with all of the songs, you'll need to read the lyrics if you want to be able to decipher the vocals. The vocals are not bad however as their tone matches the music very well and the vocalist is able to match the intensity of the music which is hard to do because the instrumentation is highly complex. The lyrics are also surprisingly good and well thought out. They inspire a lot of imagery, which is always a welcome thing in death metal. This song is awesome.

All I'm going to say about the last two songs is that they're equally as great as anything which preceded them. "The Rigormortified Grip" has some especially memorable guitar riffing which does not seem humanly possible. The guitar effects on this song are kick ass as well. The drummer manages to keep up with super human speed. A slow tempo break at 1:30 is really quite bad-ass with very slick riffing. "Forensic Alliance" is a fitting way to end the album. It keeps all of the intensity of the previous songs in tact and since these guys know how to compose songs with very original song structures, every song manages to distance itself from the sound of the song before it while maintaining the brutal intensity. A great way to close out a very awesome offering from these crazy death metallers from Denmark.