Released: 2015, Inquisition Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Echelon represent a modern revival in old school death metal that is spearheaded by ex Bold Thrower Vocalist David Ingram. Released via Inquisition records, Indulgence over Abstinence Behind the Obsidian Veil injects a heavy dose of death metal back into the modern metal scene.
Opening with plenty of metallic bravado, ‘Adversary’ charges forward with heavy riffs and furious drums and plenty of deep throated growls to keep death metal purists plugged in throughout the ride.
The album follows a very pragmatic formula: one of brutal guitars and virtually no room for melody. The drummer proves a consistent onslaught of double kick pedals in the chaotic ‘Cadre’, a track that is guaranteed to send fists flying at live shows, making it one of the stronger offerings on the record.
Even though there is plenty of high points in the music, from the pounding beats of ‘Indulgence over ‘Abstinence Behind the Obsidian Veil’ to the face melting solos of ‘The Impious of the Perverse’; the album does suffer from too many similar ideas thrown around and a lack of innovation.
Finally, ‘Regenerative Genesis’ offers up an interesting twist to get listeners paying attention. The spoken narrative and the sense that you’re lost in someone else’s nightmare is a sure sign of the band’s creative energies. If they follow this idea up in a more consistent way next time round, they may well be onto something more memorable. Promising stuff.
Review by Ben Spencer