Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast
At some point, we will have to talk about Immolation and dive into their long discography. I believe it’s redundant to talk about the band’s career so far and the influence they’ve had in the shaping and evolution of the Death Metal genre. Until then, however, we must pay a visit to their latest release “Acts of God”, brought to us by Nuclear Blast.
Prosperous and inventive, as usual, the New Yorkers returned to active discography five years after “Atonement” with an album that balances between two key elements. On the one hand, we can certainly argue that they still honor New York / Old School Death Metal in the best possible way. Unwavering, unshakable, almost monolithic, they are always there to bring us “back to order”. On the other hand, we are faced with a more intensely creative point of view, with Immolation being more adventurous with their sounds and the atmosphere they’re trying to build. Well, at least more than before. “Acts Of God” is characterized by mid-paced passages (without excluding the two extremes), with the structures of the songs having a kind of David Lynch-like perspective, making you feel as if you are sinking into a dream. Many of the riffs and solos appear to be more cinematic than usual, but that doesn’t cap the flame they have kept burning for so many years. The good thing is that you are ultimately grounded by Shalaty’s almost superhuman kicks and punches on the drums and the eerie vocals of Ross Dolan. In general, “Acts Of God” was what we expected from Immolation, but I think a couple of tracks could have been emitted from the final press. There were times when my interest was lost, as well as times when half way in I thought the record was finished. I don’t think that it offers instant classics or pushes the genre forward, nonetheless, it is a necessary addition to their longtime fans collection.