Irredemption – Eternal Mutilation Of Saturn
While the instrumentation is sure to blow listeners away, the vocals can be hit or miss, if not more so a miss. Going for that cavernous, guttural echo seems to have a funeral doom effect but with the blunt force trauma of the music behind it they just seem to get lost in the mix, especially because it is impossible to understand them. On a track like ‘Desert Eyes’ they feel separate and not really as part of the mix as they should be. However, on other tracks like ‘Obscene Forms’ and ‘Infidels Ceremony’ the cavernous tone of the vocals are used to great effect, especially when they almost sound like throat singing/ growling. It is raw, doomy, and makes the album stand out, but on a lot of the other tracks it just feels buried and chained.
Such as on ‘Aggression Agreement’ where they spew forth but sound more gurgly than anything, creating an ugly atmosphere that matches the tone of the guitars and drums, but feels like they’re overdoing it. There even sounds like some clean singing as the band tries something different and go for a classic heavy metal route but it just distracts more than helps. Listeners will either love or hate the music for that, but aside from the vocals there is a lot of brutality in death metal to enjoy here. The grinding rhythms of ‘Lay Yourself There’ despite the vocal approach will certainly be pit starters at shows and the melodic sci fi touch of ‘Outro’ has some potential that the band could have expanded on for progressive elements, but hopefully in the future they’ll use more of such things to really flesh out their rather twisted form of death metal. This album might not be for everyone but after 15 years it is good to see Irredemption can still bring some heavy hitting riffs to the music world.
2.5 / 5 STARS