On their Myspace profile, IMMORTAL DIVINATION claim to be “one the fastest, most progressive bands in the Northwest, perhaps the world”. That’s one of a statement, especially since there are more and more Extreme bands popping up from all corners of the world.
To the bands credit, they are fucking TIGHT. Music played at the speeds that make a band like NILE sound like they’re going at a snail’s pace needs to be as tight as possible or else it would sound like a mess, and in that respect, the musicianship is top notch. They also have adopted the “beat and disorient the listener with the music approach”, so it has that feeling that at any second, things will spiral out of control and fall apart, and the disjointed soloing adds to that effect.
The mitigating factor of the record is the production. I’ve said it before, but in extreme forms of music, good production is not an option. If the production isn’t good, the whole will degenerate into a clusterfuck of sound, and the overall impact of the composition will be greatly diminished, if not completely lost. On “From The Abyssmal Depths”, the drums overpower everything and the guitars take a backseat role, which results in something that is absolutely chaotic in the songwriting to turn into a maelstrom of noise. Of course, you COULD listen more closely to the riffing and think about how everything fits in the overall picture, but the effect is compromised this way.
I wish I could give a proper assessment on how this record is, but the production kills that.
(Online September 18, 2008)