Released: 2001, The End Records
Two words come to mind when writing this review and thinking of this CD. Ambitious. Successful. Scholomance have succeeded in creating an ambitious masterpiece. This CD may not be immediately accessible to many mainstream metal fans. It is a brilliant blend of death and progressive metal. I was worried that it might be to mellow for the true death fans and the vocals would turn off the prog fans but the band has succeed in creating this fairly unique blend and it works.
The packaging as is always the case with The End Records is very high quality. The cover is disturbing, which is a good thing, a picture of self (?) mutilation with religious overtones. The booklet is gorgeous and there is a very cool added bonus of a second disc of instrumental variations of the actual CD. You can see what I mean by ambitious, a new band putting out a lyrical and musically complex double CD!
Everything about this is total class. The production powerful and heavy, everything in it’s proper place. The vocals are raw, aggressive and death like. The song structures are very progressive with many breaks in style, temp and mood. The whole vibe is a bit gothic, not in the weepy violins and female vocals euro-goth way, but more in a gloomy doom-death fashion.
The lyrics are intelligent and complex, not a CD you can easily sing along too! I can’t remember the last time I read lyrics about Darwin in a metal CD, but it goes to show the lyrical depth. There is a quasi-religious overtone to the whole CD as well, maybe not so much religious as spiritual. A complex and absorbing listen.
Often a disc will come with some promotional material, usually filled with amazing passages of poetic praise claiming the band to be the next coming of the gods of metal. Usually I ignore that form of shameless self –promotion, but in this case the promo material was pretty accurate. It states, “The Immortality Murder must surely be one of the most groundbreaking releases ever in a progressive movement that seeks, above all, to widen the traditionally conservative heavy metal genre’s musical powers…” I totally agree. To learn about this band and other fine quality releases check out http://www.theendrecords.com