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Immolation: Shadows In The Light

Still brutal after all these years, Immolation takes us for another roll on the pitchfork with this 10-song burnt offering. There's evidence that these guys have listened to more than all-brutal, all-the-time metal over the years––"Hate's Plague" features a Kiss-like groove in places and "Tarnished" grips and grinds the way that too few bands know how to. And there's even time for some wicked riffery ("The Weight of Devotion," "Shadows in the Light"). Immolation may never deliver the most memorable songs in all of metal but it has become one of our most consistently reliable bands, one whose legend echoes down the halls of history with dark reverence following in its wake.

Track Listing
1. Hate's Plague
2. Passion Kill
3. World Agony
4. Tarnished
5. The Weight of Devotion
6. Breaking the Dark
7. Deliverer of Evil
8. Shadows in Light
9. Lying with Demons
10. Whispering Death

Added: May 8th 2007
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Century Media Records
Hits: 3190
Language: english

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Immolation: Shadows In The Light
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-05-08 09:06:48
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New York's purveyors of death and destruction, Immolation, are back with their latest platter of technical dismemberment, Shadows in the Light. This seventh release from the band, recorded at the infamous Millbrook Sound Studios, sees the lethal four-piece once again delivering what they do best-brutally complex death metal. If you wonder where bands like Nile and Behemoth got some of their inspiration from, look no further folks. A tune like "Passion Kill" has all the elements that make this band so formidable-evil growls from bassist Ross Dolan, manic blast beats courtesy of Steve Shalaty, and plenty of thunderous riffs and wild solos from the guitar duo Bill Taylor & Robert Vigna. In fact, it's the skull-stomping & neck-cracking riffage from these two that drive Shadows In the Light, as other songs like "World Agony", "Whispering Death", "Deliverer Evil", and the crushing title track simply pummel the listener with brutal yet alluring guitar onslaughts. Dolan does his part to add menace to the Immolation sound, with his deep yet decipherable growls plowing through the intricate mix. Despite all this brutality, Immolation manages to inject plenty of melody here, especially with the use of harmony guitar lines, showing that there can be a lot more to death metal than non-stop aggression and violence.

Highly recommended to death metal fans of all ages.

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