Limbonic Art - _The Ultimate Death Worship_
(Nocturnal Art, 2002)
by: Chris Flaaten (
Limbonic Art surprised a few people with their previous record _Ad Noctum: Dynasty of Death_ [CoC #45], where they shifted focus from epic, synth-driven pieces and instead attacked with furious riffs and hyper-speed drums. While the quality was still undeniable, many hoped for a return to their past of majestic symphonies this time -- or perhaps a blend of the two styles. Well, Limbonic Art has continued from the style on _Ad Noctum_. The guitar orientation is still there, but it is more defined now. They have slowed everything down a couple of notches and deliver some highly enjoyable, slow and heavy riffs. The synths are even more distant this time, and this does strip away some of the depth and atmosphere we have come to expect from Limbonic Art. The album still grows on each listen, though -- there are loads of details to discover. Limbonic Art has never had a great production on any of their albums and it's perhaps even more blurred than usual this time, but their music doesn't really demand a crisp, clear and perfect production. _The Ultimate Death Worship_ is not as grand as their first two albums and not as intense as their previous one, but it is still a very solid release that demands your investment.
(article published 9/1/2002)
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