Execration – Return To The Void
Running Time 42:11
Released on 14-07-2017 via Metal Blade Records
6/10 – Review by Lee Preston
The fourth album from Norwegian death metallers, Execration has finally arrived. Clocking in at a concise 42 minutes, its short run time shouldn’t over stay its welcome. Unfortunately for every good thing there is something to annoy; it’s a shame as there are some great ideas which, when realised to their full potential, have some moments of brilliance, the case in point being the third track ‘Nekrocosm’ and fourth track ‘Cephalic Transmissions’. Eerie guitar soundscapes give an uneasy oppressive vibe before the black metal influenced riffs kick in.
Unfortunately the rest of the album isn’t as convincing, the changing moods from quiet to loud don’t last long enough to make an impression and ideas seem unfinished and rushed without going anywhere. The vocals are the same, some varied styles from Chuck Schuldiner-esque growls and some black metal influenced screaming are functionary and get the job done.
Production-wise the bass has a great full, warm sound and is prominent in the mix without being overpowering, the guitars have a nice caustic cold tone similar to a lot of blackened thrash bands such as Aura Noir and Destroyer 666 and the drums are clear, albeit a bit thin and tinny sounding when things get a bit hectic on the faster material.
Overall, three great tracks, four potentially good tracks and two interludes. If you enjoy eclectic albums with a bit of prog, death metal and some black metal there is a lot to enjoy, if you want a straight head banging, aggressive release you’d be best looking elsewhere.
Track List –
- Eternal Recurrence
- Hammers Of Vulcan
- Cephalic Transmissions
- Blood Moon Eclipse
- Unicursal Horrorscope
- Through The Oculus
- Return To The Void
- Det Uransakelige Dyp
- Official video for “Hammers Of Vulcan” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTUs6hfCPTY
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