June 8th, 2010
Release length: 34:59
Diabolic have put together an album that is just full of punishing intensity with the phenomenal guitar work and drumming chock full of machine gun double bass kicks and superb diversity of cymbols and snares without making the album sound as if it’s nothing but repetitive blast beats. Right from the start you’ll be hooked by how menacing the music on the album is with the title track “Excisions of Exorcisms”, and it barely lets up from there. The only timet the album gives you a moment to breath is during the track “False Belief” which technically still has the same speed with the double bass kicks, but the guitars move at a much slower pace and gives the song a little more of a haunted feeling to it. The effects used on the guitars to cause them to fade in and out between speakers is also a nice tough at creating that ambience, and is a nice little addition to the song, even though it does feel like it was kind of tacked on. But, really, that is the only negative aspect of this entire release.
Aside the impressive musicianship and vocals on the album, the guitar solos really shine through here. There are just some tracks, like on “Evil in Disguse” which matches the intensity of the music perfectly, and a short but very sweet solo during “Hellish World”, as well as an interesting guiat solo duel, or what sounds like one, on the track “Bloodwashed”. This track also happens to be another track that stands out from the rest of the album, much like the slower “False Belief” does, except this track doesn’t really change the speed of the music at all. What really stands out about this track is the odd drumming that will pop up through the song, almost as iff the drums are going with a sort of hopping carnival-like sound that really stands out against the guitars. It’s not a bad element to the song, but it’s just a little confusing as to why it was added to it in the first place.
There’s really nothing bad to say about Excisions of Exorcisms. The album’s music has some nice variety to it, though a little more would have been nice, but much of the album is soaked in brutal and intense music that you would expect from this band with only two songs that really seem to approach the music is different ways. Diabolic has put together some of their most solid Death Metal songs in what feels like ages with this release, and there is absolutely no reason to sit back and not take notice of this effort, as it deserve your full attention.
01. Excisions of Exorcisms – 3:54
02. Hellish World – 4:03
03. Venomous Habitations – 3:51
04. Evil in Disguise – 3:30
05. Bloodwashed – 3:56
06. False Belief – 4:49
07. Entombed – 2:46
08. Fragmented Kreation – 5:18
09. Infernal Darkness – 2:50
|Overall Score: 9/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Deathgasm Records via Clawhammer PR.