Engraved Disillusion - Embers of Existence
Artist: Engraved DisillusionAlbum: Embers of ExistenceLabel: Bored Stiff RecordsReleased: June 2011Reviewed by: Craig Hogan
Ok folks, what we have here is probably THE
best album I have heard so far this year!! Yes it's that good, personally I can't stop listening to it and even as I am writing this review I have the album blasting out LOUD \m/ (><) \m/
Before I go into the review, here is a little about the band:
Formed in Taunton, Somerset in early 2008; Engraved Disillusion came together through the ashes of previous musical aspirations. Founding members, guitarists Marc Matthews and Toby Stewart and vocalist Chris Pugsley came together though a mutual love and understanding of the cornerstones of melodic death metal. Drawing influences from such bands as At The Gates, Black Sabbath, The Black Dahlia Mur der, Carcass, Dissection, Unearth, Dream Theater, Insomnium, Candlemass, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity they filtered their passion into a dynamic and powerful juggernaut. To fill the ranks, they sought the talent of Chris Threlfall on drums and eventually Matt Thomas on bass guitar in 2010. Ultimately, they set about to cement themselves in their local scene, nevertheless with targets set on bigger game.
Since the release of their debut EP Desolate in late 2009, Engraved Disillusion has acquired a respectable fan base proving their live skills, providing an uncompromising, enthralling and commanding live set. Their fast progression has done nothing but to savour their palette for further achievement. Having self released the Ep with the ability for free downloads; Desolate has spread far and wide with excellent feedback from fans and critics alike.
Brief history over with, let's get down to the review.
The album starts of with Wither Away
which is a slow guitar based intro and you just know what is coming by the end of this track leading into As Life Fades
....yes you've guessed it, monster riffs, double bass drums, melodies and vocals that would not go amiss on the Carcass album 'Heartwork'.
That leads us nicely into the next track The Forgotten
. This track like all the other songs is very melodic, nice guitar solo's, and technical drum work. Words just can't describe this album, it is truely amazing, it's like a breath of fresh air, different to any other album we have reviewed here. If you like Carcass, In Flames and Paradise Lost then Embers of Existence
will leave you with your mouth wide open and wanting more.
I predict by this time next year Engraved Disillusion
will be HUGE, if they carry on producing songs of this quality then there is nothing to stop them from achieving this. If you want a sample of what to expect then check out the song below...
9.5 out of 10