Sunday, October 9, 2011
In the News: Immolation's Providence
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.