The evil boys of IMMOLATION offer us their fifth album by now and I have to say that it is their best so far! Who likes primitive Death Metal doesn't even have to continue reading. IMMOLATION are technical Death of the American school.
Surely you still hear some MORBID ANGEL-influences, but they are not that grave (anymore). Instead I rather hear shifty psycho-riffs that I would expect from VOIVOD. The songs all are pretty complex and live off their divine variable drums and riffs.
Of slow-paced, hyperspeed or doomy - here you get everything that makes a Death Metal-disc tasty. Just listen to the crushing opener "Of Martyrs And Men" and you will roughly know what will await you. IMMOLATION roll over everything like a roller of death! The menacing title-track is a 7-minute sonic nightmare, greatly evil and super-varied. So the sinister atmosphere spreads across the whole playing time. Another highlight is "Rival The Eminent", larded with lots of cunning twists!
A fascinating, but also very extreme album. Who would have thought that the band that had been thrashing everything into the ground with its debut "Dawn Of Possession" would undergo such an evolution. And they did not lose a iota of extremity! (Online November 7, 2002)