Immolation - _Here In After_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (
Blasting back in ever more brutal and blasphemous form are New York's very own Immolation. Their second major label release to date, _Here In After_ proves to the world that pure, uncensored hatred for all things Christian is alive and well, thank you. The album starts in an almost unintelligible cacophony of noisy blast beats and guitar riffs fired off at break-neck speed. The vocals on this release are of the deep-throated variety, and thankfully they are not drowned out by the furious instrumentation taking place around them. The no-holds-barred, ultra-fast tempo trend on this album is left intact but for a few exceptions including, "Here In After" and my two favorite songs, "I Feel Nothing" and "Christ's Cage". One thing I noticed that shocked the hell out of me was the presence of, gasp!, off-beat drumming in the song, "Away From God". As a whole, this album fails to turn any new corners or uncover uncharted territory, however, I do believe that it does make a bold statement about the state of death metal in the world today; it's still around, and it's still going to leave you massacred and frothing at the mouth for more.
(article published 1/17/1996)
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