Sunday, October 9, 2011

In the News: Immolation's Providence

So begins further forays into Immolation's discography; this time with their latest EP called Providence. Available physically (CD or vinyl) free of charge at shows, this extended play is a bit of a let down to hardcore fans who can't make it out to the events, and I'm positive hoarders will have multiples copies up on eBay once it has been released. Luckily, if you're a more casual fan as I am, you won't mind having it digitally. I'm ahead of the pack on this one, as well, because I've had a chance to hear it despite its release date being two days from now.

Since I've had time to let their latest album Majesty and Decay grow on me, I found it easy to jump right into Providence thanks to a seemingly natural progression. It wouldn't be absurd to assume most songs on the EP could have made the last album.

Extremely similar in style, the dissonant blend of guitar riffs and punishing drumming is standard Immolation fare, which might come as a sigh of relief for hardcore fans. As I understand it, the band haven't really changed musically in their 20+ year existence, so maybe, just maybe, this wasn't an issue at all. But because I've only heard Majesty and Decay, I walked into Providence not knowing what to expect.

The first few listens paint Providence as a success, at least in my eyes, and I like nearly everything about it besides the exceedingly plastic sounding production. The last record was on the verge of plastic destruction for me, but there was something enjoyable about it. Unfortunately, Providence takes the polishing to the extreme and it sounds totally fake, which, to be honest, isn't my cup of tea. However, if you like Immolation, if you like dissonant sounding music, and if you like death metal, I can recommend this EP to you without thinking twice. It's an engaging listen, sure to be on my list for quite some time.

-TMA

2 comments:

  1. Grabbed you a copy at the 10/14 Alrosa Villa show - shoot me an email and I'll get it sent off.

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  2. Oh man, I'm stunned! Thank you so much. I'll send you an email shortly.

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