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The Destroyers Of All

Ulcerate Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Willowtip
  • ASIN: B004GGQN0K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All (84%) 26 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
Here we have a big slab of emotive, evil, avant-garde Progressive blackened death metal. From the opening notes, I could tell this was right up my street.

I'm not a big follower of straight up death metal, and generally find it fairly exhausting to digest. I have a great appreciation for the technicality of it, and especially enjoy seeing good death metal bands live. But beyond that, I usually need something more out of my music to be able to sit and listen happily for 40+ minutes.

Ulcerate are quite new to me, and have a slightly different approach to the morbid brutality of the (somewhat tired) genre. As far as the guitars are concerned, speed and technicality is sacrificed for a far darker, slower and more compositional approach. Something more akin to bands like Portal, Impetuous Ritual, Ehnahre or Nihil (essentially death metal on a hot dose of Ved Buens Ende).

The guitars literally make me feel like I'm sliding down a steep wet embankment into a pitch black pit filled with Lovecraftian horrors. It is awesome. One guitar is playing clash-y melodies quite high up the neck, while another is plodding and bending around on the low notes. It doesn't just serve to omit a sense of dread and horror through the epic macabre dissonance; it's actually really quite clever stuff.

The vocals have Eric Rutan written all over them. Very devastating loud and low shouts and growls.

The drums trip me up a little bit. It's fast and technical, and at times doesn't even seem to follow the guitars, which works on one level, but on the other, it feels like the drummer was really intent on showing technical flare and speed, where it might've suited the overall feel better if he'd dropped the clinical blasts for looser jazzier style black metal drumming.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death metal evolves 29 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Ulcerate's 3rd album sees them perfecting the unique sound that they have been evolving. Although easily identifiable as death metal, they have obviously been concentrating on developing their highly distinctive sound in an often samey genre. They have an organic, contorted feel, like gnarled roots, and a real unity and focus which suggests a band completely in tune with each other artistically. There are significant deviations from the death metal template, and these are what makes Ulcerate a special band. The vocals are decent - the rasping roar variety, but they are not trying too hard to be the sickest vocals ever, and fit with the sombre, slightly despairing feel. The drumming is brilliant, and superbly recorded across the stereo spectrum. Whilst there are passages of full-on blasting, there are also loads of interesting, intricate fills; and unusual accents. Like the vocals, there is welcome restraint. The guitars are the main difference, with plenty of twisting riffs and runs in the mid- to high register, and they create a bleak, sometimes slightly atonal or discordant wall of noise that is intriguing and engaging. It is difficult not to find similarities with Deathspell Omega - in my opinion the best black metal band in existence. Just as DSO incorporate some touches of death metal in their sound, Ulcerate borrow equally from black metal, and they sound not too dissimilar. It is mostly in the guitar work: buzzing, churning and grinding - but also the construction of the overall sound - conjuring images of a slightly oppressive, hopeless, twilit world (I'm not especially interested in lyrics, but I'm sure they fit the bill). The artwork and song titles all contribute to this distinctive whole. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving death metal into the unknown.... 1 April 2011
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If you are someone who is always on the lookout for bizarre, eclectic, experimental death metal out of left field, ULCERATE are a band which you NEED to hear. NOW.

Do not hesitate, click "Buy" for either their previous release - Everything Is Fire - or their latest, The Destroyers of All. Both explore similar, yet largely unchartered, musical terrain.

The best way I can think of to describe ULCERATE's sound, relative to what has come before, is an unpredictable blend of IMMOLATION, NEUROSIS, DEATHSPELL OMEGA (the riffs have a similar dissonance), and latter-day GORGUTS. There is simply no telling the direction each song may lead, but with ULCERATE, the journey is the goal. The band obviously has a deliberate sense of "structure" to the songs, but they leave room for improvisation at times, most notably where they slow things down for an ambient, jazzy interlude.

But don't think they ever go Miles Davis on you. ULCERATE never get quite that musically indulgent. They always keep things focused. What sets ULCERATE apart from most death metal bands is their "looseness" mixed with an all-consuming atmosphere often associated with black metal. One can speculate that the band has heard more than their fair share of DEATHSPELL OMEGA, as many of the riffs channel the same anti-cosmic energy of 'Kenose' and 'Si Monumentum Requires, Circumspice.' Yet, equally so, ULCERATE tread water in the dark regions pioneered by IMMOLATION.

But enough name-dropping. ULCERATE stand alone as far as modern death metal goes. It is very exciting and encouraging to hear such a band in a genre which, oftentimes, seems to have run its creative course. Thankfully, ULCERATE have proven me wrong. I cannot recommend this band highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album destroys! 1 Feb 2011
By misha2707 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Apocalyptic. Chaotic. Vast. Choose your adjective. Ulcerate knows how to write compelling death metal.

This isn't death metal for fans of Cannibal Corpse or even Death. This brand of death metal is dark, atmospheric and powerful, though you can't really describe it as melodic death metal or any similar style. Ulcerate blends the force and precision of technicality with deep atmospheric elements as well as pummelling blasts. It is like nothing you have ever heard.

They even throw in a black metal element here and there. The guitars and bass are played slow for death metal. The drums change tempo often and without warning. Through much of the album chaotic blasts overlay desperate end-of-the-world atmosphere and crunching, yet technical guitar riffs. A good amount of progression is also found on The Destroyers of All.

Ulcerate have not altered their sound much from what is heard on Everything is Fire. They have found their style and play it well. If you like your death metal catchy and groovy, this might not be for you. However, if you like passion and chaos, this should be right up your gut. Try it out!

The Destroyers of All gets 4.6/5 stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Making Death Metal Frightening, Again 30 July 2012
By R.P. Tristram Coffin IV - Published on Amazon.com
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Five years ago my faith in black metal was restored after discovering Deathspell Omega. This record has just done the same for me with regard to death metal. I've bought a few death metal records since Morbid Angel's Covenent, when I have heard a remarkable amount of buzz, but none till this record actually made me interested in the form again.

Metal music, in general, relies, and is simultaneously plagued, by a certain conservatism or resistance to altering of the form; the same sentiment that hip-hop is calls 'keeping it real'. It is what keeps metal fans coming back, and I get that. Metal fans regard their art as a constant on which they can depend or an anchor to their lives and, frankly, I don't diminish that quality of the music. It does, however, make metal boring to more adventurous listeners. While some metal fans endure from adolescence into their adult lives, still more move on looking for new sounds to be replaced by new adolescents looking for a place to exorcise their disaffection. This happened to me. I still loved my favorites from my youth but needed a new adventure as I grew older. If that destroys my metal cred, so be it.

After discovering Deathspell Omega's Fas (IMO the best record of any genre from 2007) I stopped in my indie tracks and began ploughing through every important black metal record I had missed to figure out how the form got there. After absorbing this record, I am feeling that same burn.

What is so different about Ulcerate, despite me hearing an awful lot of Nile, is that they never rely on death metal cliches. The blast beat, for example, remains synchopated and moves in complexity through each track. You, literally, can just listen to the bass drum on this record and have your mind blown. (if you are that ocd, like me) The guitars have the same twisted, bended and malevolent feel as the aforementioned DsO, but they stay within the blues realm required as a defining feature of death metal.

A side point about words like 'technical' and 'progressive':
I do not know the point of leaning on these words when terming art. In fact, progressive music negates itself because, at the end of the day, this music that purports to be 'progressing', only matters when illiciting a cathartic response in the listener, the same process that make so-called non-progressive music matter. That's all art is. It's a communion between an artist and an observer with that artists work between them. This is because no matter how much we supposedly progress as a species our hopes and fears remain constant. Technical music without catharsis is mere dexterity. It's a football player jumping through roped squares. It isn't anything that matters within the soul. So, the only degree to which progressivism or technicality matters at all is the degree to which it is cathartic.

I had to tell you that to tell you this. Ulcerate's technicality exists only to serve the catharsis in the listener. And boy, does it ever. The doomy oppressive sludge of past acts now is accompanied by this fearful precariousness, and not knowing where these dark authors are taking you compounds the experience. Certainly, with successive listens you will pick up elements of the structure, and this is rewarding, too, yet makes you more admire how that catharsis is conjured, instead of robbing it of its mystique.

I wouldn't be surprised if death metal now enters the hipster realm of crossover appeal as black metal has in recent years. I know that isn't a welcome possibility to some. (I agree that Liturgy is tacky, pretentious, deluded pap, btw) However, Ulcerate has made death metal frightening, again. They have exploded the closely guarded bulwarks of the form and slain sentinels at it's gate. And, for a genre that purports to so embrace rebellion and destruction, that should be an exciting development, indeed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Crushing 19 Mar 2013
By Dylan - Published on Amazon.com
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man there are a few tracks I can't get over. Like Dead Oceans and Cold Becoming That are pretty intense. The album in general being a masterpiece in the genre. PLAY IT LOUD!
5.0 out of 5 stars Redefining Death Metal 3 Jan 2013
By CC Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been listening to death metal and heavy music in general for about 15 years (I'm 28). When I heard this album my jaw dropped. This album truly redefines what death metal is (at least for me), and where death metal needs to be going. This album has an atmosphere that induces sadness, despair, anger, violence, hopelessness, and other strong emotions. This is a truly fantastic album and you should buy it.
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