Immolation, for me, was one of those bands that I didn’t like at first. I thought their sound was a big noisy mess and I just didn’t give them much of a chance. It wasn’t until the late ’90s, hanging out at a friend’s house where Here in After had just been popped in, that I grasped just what this overwhelmingly brutal, anti-Christian trio actually brings to the table. Since then I’ve been hooked, and speaking of Here in After, that album’s formula has been the foundation for the band’s last two releases and Unholy Cult is no different. Mind-boggling guitar playing, sick and twisted time changes, inhumanly intense drumming, demonic vocals bestial enough to trick the Richter scale, and the lyrics of a man disgusted and appalled at Christianity’s influence on the weak minds of our society. Not to say that this band isn’t doing anything new (I’ll be damned if the closing riff of “Bring Them Down” isn’t the most melodic thing Immolation have ever attempted… dare I marvel at the birth of Immo-emo?), but their sound has achieved the level of trademark over the past few years, and you just don’t fuck with that.
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