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ALBUM REVIEW: Ingurgitating Oblivion - Continuum of Absence


I have been meaning to cover Ingurgitating Oblivion and their dark and melancholic music for some time, but the words to describe the sound never felt right. To truly understand the beauty of the heavy atmospheric death metal on Ingurgitating Oblivion‘s latest album “Continuum of Absence”, one needs to give it a spin on his own. All I can say is its dark, heavy and beautiful. If you are still not convinced, then read on..

The band hailing from the lands of Germany, play some top notch doomy – technical – old school - death metal, with the multiple tags not doing true justice to the originality their music possesses. Although the inspiration from the legends like Gorguts, Morbid Angel and Immolation is prevalent in the sound, it still creates its own unique footprint. The fact that the band took a complete decade to release this album, after the last full length release in 2005, points to how fine-tuned this record is.

The album kicks off with “Eternal Quiescence” which is not only the longest track, but easily one of the best on the album. The track builds up from a total void for 90 seconds, before a single distorted guitar riff begins the proceedings. The discomfort begins from that very instant, with distorted riffs blasting out, and the drum blasting away in the background, with the bassists putting in some pitch perfect counter lines.

The dark atmosphere the music creates is perfectly showcased, in tracks like “Descent to the Temple”. Slow and brooding before giving a full on death metal assault. The blasting drum beats accompanied by the dual riff attack, creates some of the rawest and meanest blistering death metal, you will get to hear on the record. “Avatar of Radiating Absence” takes the tempo a step down, by bring in some amazing technical drumming into the picture along with sludgy doomy riffs, at the same time preserving the old school vibe on the track.

What really works for the album, is the amazing complex song writing structure actually sounds wonderful, rather than coming off as unorganized mess. Also, the dual guitar attack of Sascha Hermersdorf and Florian Engelke brings out some memorable melodies and riffs. But, what really stands out the most on the record is the amazing bass lines thrown in by Christian Pfeil throughout the record, and bring a whole new dimension to the overall sound. The only pitfall this album suffers, is that the atmosphere and feel of the album gets a tad monotonous on repeated spins. A few tracks start to drag on and overstay their welcome.

Nevertheless, Continuum of Absence is a creepy, dissonant journey into the realms of underground death metal, one that will please the fans of the genre. The jarring music is original and unlike anything you may have previously heard. Give it a spin, and check it out yourself.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed By: Vidur Paliwal

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