After a long wait the time has finally come. INGURGITATING OBLIVION is nothing less than a formidable Death Metal band from Germany. I’ve listened to Death Metal for a long time and hell knows that there have been few essential Death Metal bands from that country. MORGOTH is the only honourable exception that I’m able to come up with on the fly. The music that INGURGITATING OBLIVION performs is a much faster and technical variant of Death Metal however. IMMOLATION and MORBID ANGEL are the bands I believe would be most fit to compare INGURGITATING OBLIVION with. That means that the music on “Voyage Towards Abhorrence” sounds like it’s made in the United States rather than Germany. In fact I don’t think there exist a way of performing German Death Metal in the same way that there exists a way of performing German Thrash or US Death Metal.
As many Death Metal records before it “Voyage Towards Abhorrence” starts with an intro. The intro on the album in question sounds like one made by NILE. When the intro is over we are in for Death Metal bliss. Excellent guitar sound, massive drums, an infernal vocalist and dynamics enough for ten decent bands. Just listen to the fluid tempo changes that “Voyage Towards Abhorrence” contain, damn what a tight performance this is. I know that you can do all sort of stuff in the studio but the technical skills of those involved are high beyond all doubt. The same goes for the song writing skills, talk about knowing how to cut it to the bone. If you find any filler material on “Voyage Towards Abhorrence”, except for the minutes of silence before the hidden track, you don’t like Death Metal the way I like it.
When I first read the name of the band and then secondly saw what record label that it was released by I got kind of sceptic. I don’t want to badmouth Unmatched Brutality Records but up till now I haven’t heard anything on that label that I’ve really cared about. Often the music has been ruined by what I call bath tub vocals, meaning over the top processed vocals. If these kind of vocals had been used on “Voyage Towards Abhorrence” I think I would have started crying, blood of course. The reason why I make up things that could have been done wrong is because I can’t find any faults on “Voyage Towards Abhorrence”. This is bona-fide brutal Death Metal and it warms my heart to hear this kind of release in a time were many says that Death Metal is a spent force.
Well they are wrong. If you need further evidence I would like you to take a listen to BLOOD RED THRONE and their latest release, “Altered Genesis”. Both “Voyage Towards Abhorrence” and “Altered Genesis” are played in what one would call the US Death Metal style, though they don’t sound that similar in the end. If Unmatched Brutality goes on releasing albums like these I will rename them to Unmatched Quality. (Online December 29, 2005)