Released: 2005, Unmatched Brutality
Sometime between 2000 and 2001 the German death metal band, Of Trees and Orchids, who had released two full-length self-released albums, decided to change their name to Ingurgitating Oblivion. What brought this name change about? I’m not sure but if the band was playing the same style of death metal then as they are now, their original name didn’t fit at all.
Ingurgitating Oblivion state their influences right on their website: Incantation, Immolation, Morbid Angel, new Gorguts, Hate Eternal, Mortem etc. Now taking those influences and listening to the band’s new album, VOYAGE INTO ABHORRENCE you can certainly hear where the band came from. This isn’t your “typical” death metal but then again, it isn’t taken to the next level the same way many of the band’s influences have done. It’s like what would happen if you took each of those bands who helped create and redefine death metal but filed the edges down so they’re just a little smoother and easier to digest. Unfortunately this is the band’s drawback, why listen to (what the band calls) “progressive death metal” when it doesn’t progress? Not to say VOYAGE INTO ABHORRENCE is a bad album, merely a mediocre one, even without the progression the band seems to fail in writing songs that aren’t much more than above average.
In a song like “Spiralling Out of the World” one finds the rather “anti-melodic” riffing of some of the more recent death metal bands that have found influence from a band like Immolation. To add to that Immolation feel the song contains faster drum work and more mid-paced riffing, which is something I’ve always come to associate with Immolation. “Veil of Perception” is much faster than its preceding track but sees a bit of a loss in identity because of it but credit must be given as the song doesn’t degrade into an overwhelming blasting mess; it still retains order and I really like the slower solo section, even with the slightly overdone pinch harmonics. The descending opening riff in “Nothingness” is almost pure bliss until the song kind of takes a bit more chaotic approach, letting the drums take a stronger role which doesn’t necessarily work as well as the band had intended it to. The riffing is still crushingly heavy throughout which keeps things from completely falling apart.
“Poetry of the Flesh” starts off interesting enough; slow, plodding riffing with nice layered lead guitar overtop. The song does change shortly after though, picking up a lot of speed while becoming a tad overwhelming with a heavy accent on pinch harmonics, which almost verges on annoying. The band does quickly regress back to the opening riff, which I’m more than happy to hear. The song proceeds to change up between slower and faster section, though I tend to find myself drawn to the slower sections. The rest of the album is very much in the same vein as the songs I’ve already mentioned though I’d say they fail to really grab my attention, not that there’s anything downright bad, but there’s nothing downright good either.
Ingurgitating Oblivion certainly seem to be on the right track style wise but the band needs to take some time to hone their craft as their style isn’t one that’s easily mastered.