Even though IMMOLATION began their career around the same time as country-mates SUFFOCATION, MORBID ANGEL and CANNIBAL CORPSE and they play something that can also be described as Brutal Death Metal; their approach to songwriting is totally different from those aforementioned bands. This has allowed IMMOLATION to be one of the more unique bands currently in the extreme Metal scene, yet can also be one of the gateway bands to the more brutal stuff out there.
Instead of adopting the philosophy of bludgeoning the listener by cramming 1532523 riffs into one song, like SUFFOCATION or CRYPTOPSY have built their careers on and that a thousand other bands have tried to build their careers on (just making a point), IMMOLATION writes dissonant, discordant and open riffs that have a very atonal sense of melody, alongside more typical Death Metal riffing and the resultant music is a very evil, brutal and dark. The one band that can be compared stylistically to these guys is GORGUTS (latter-day), but IMMOLATION is far more focused and direct. The feeling obtained when listening to this one is the same type you would get if you were to get sent straight to hell and had to spend the rest of eternity there. Itís twisted and vile and it is achieved not by playing really fast, but by the intelligent use of melodies and chords.
The vocals are very well done as well, as Ross Dolan has a distinct type of delivery. The vocals are audible and understandable and done with a lower tone and itís very harsh. They sound like someone whoís been suffering all his life lashing back at everyone and everything after heís gone of the deep end. Itís very eerie. I love it.
IMMOLATION is a Brutal Death Metal band that has its own identity. Get this if you like Death Metal. (Online June 11, 2005)