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on 7 May 2015
Immolation are one of the strongest and most relevant Death Metal bands around today. They have never compromised on their musical vision or lyrical stance which has endeared them to me and all of their other fans around the world. Immolation have remained as heavy and dark as when they first exploded on the Death Metal scene in 1991 which is truly admirable. Immolation have grown as musicians and song writers and each album has been a step up from the previous albums. The problem with a band like Immolation for most people is that their music is so dense and intense that you really have to sit and listen to the albums they make to get to know the songs which can be a bit daunting for those who are satisfied with more pedestrian fair. This is what separates the middle of the road music fan from us Death Metal freaks, we are totally enthralled by the sheer power that only Immolation can deliver. If you love uncompromising Death Metal then chances are that like me you will continue to buy everything that Immolation ever release as long as they make albums. If you truly love Death Metal then you need to own this monster of an album just like you need to own all Immolation's albums. Buy this album with no fear of disappointment what so ever.
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on 3 April 2010
Its been no secret that Immolation over the last few years have been struggling with infusing experimentation into their sound with greater or lesser affect. With the likes of 'Shadows in the Light', all but suffocating the listener in a claustraphobic mix of low end death metal and bleak soundscapes, that left many fans really struggled to come to grips with. Its not surprising then that 'Majesty and Decay' (their first on Nuclear Blast) could be considered as light against the previous albums darkness.

Long time fans may be worried by the above description, but this is by no means a sell out or second rate record and if anything shows the band hungrier and more aggressive than one would have hoped for from a band of this age. Could the tour with Nile (another band who have refined yet released one of their greatest albums recently in 'TThose Whom The Gods Detest (limited digipack)') have given the band a renewed energy and confidence. The epic quality within the songs has returned along with a larger melodic element and hooks that will stay with you a long time after the record has stopped playing. To clarify when I say melody, this is far from a pop or Gothenburg sound and closer akin to 'FAILURES FOR GODS' song structure which can be likened to being flayed alive during the album and the open wounds bleeding for weeks after.

For those seasoned Immolation fans the 'Failures for Gods' reference should also bring reassurance to the quality of this release, which matches if not surpasses that seminal tome. Add this and some of the best album art Immolation has had in many years and this is one record you need on your shelf.

This album although possibly not having the same impact as 'Dawn of Possession' proves this band still has a lot to offer and should put them back to the top of Death Metal royalty. A must own for any discerning Death Metal fan.
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VINE VOICEon 7 April 2010
In my opinion Immolation is one those band within the Death Metal scene that have a sound all of their own. I can't think of anyone else who has that rolling sound of the drums and bass and it's this feature of their sound that always makes them a joy to listen to. For a band that has been around as long as they have it is also surprising that they maintained a consistent sound though the years. In the last 10 years they grown in popularity by simply sticking to what it is they do. This album is no different to anything they have released in the last 10 years but it is sustained because of their original sound in the first place. I would even go as far as saying that is probably their best album since "Failures For God" (1999). The production of this album is polished, yet still maintains an organic quality which is something I can't really say about a lot of modern Death Metal. (Let's face it death metal was better when it sounded primitive)
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