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Embrace Damnation: The Glory of a New Darkness
Death Metal
Rotting Corpse Records
October 20th, 2009
Release length: 40:05
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Embrace Damnation is a Death Metal band based in Illinois, and recently signed to Rotting Corpse Records to release their first full-length offering. The Glory of a New Darkness is an intense, well crafted Death Metal romp through intense guitars and plenty of dark, gloomy atmosphere in the music itself. Along with the atmoshere, the musical intensity winds up being matched only by the inhuman sounding screaming vocals that really work well with the evil, Satanic, annd non-christian lyrical themes found within. Embrace Damnation pull all these elements together to bring us a solid Death Metal opus called The Glory of a New Darkness, and winds up being an effort that simply must be heard.

The Glory of a New Darkness is simply a straight forward intense Death Metal romp that has a unique sound all it’s own to make it stand out from the rest of the Death Metal bands that are vying for success right now. Each song is packed with fantastic, steady drumming that never fails to deliver against the heavy, and often haunting guitar work that is captured in each song, especially with the solos. While “Age of Satan, Age of Tribulation” is a fantastic song that shows off the speed that the band can hit and plenty of other aspects, as well as uses an audio clip perfectly, starting the track off with it then merging it with the music so that it all works out instead of just waiting for it to finish before kicking the song into gear, this is by far not the greatest track off the release, as there are plenty more that showcase the band’s overall skill moreso then the others.

Even though “Age of Satan, Age of Tribulation” starts the album off with a bang, it isn’t until “Throne of Chaos” that the band’s full potential really shines through. The song is about the same tempo as many of the songs here, being a somewhat faster pace without everything coming at you with machinegun-like speed, but it’s just the band’s musicianship and the overall production of the album that sets the tone. The inhuman vocals on this song work great with the heavy guitars and drumming, and the extra heat in the vocals at key moments just makes the vocalist sound like an absolute monster. The guitar solo on this song, again, much like many others on this album, is fantastic and the drumming does a great job of keeping the music flowing with the rhythm guitarist as well. However, “Torture Burns Inside” and “Broken Wings Drenched in Blood” do a good job at really showing off the band’s ability to create a rather haunting sound that, in the case of “Torture Burns Inside” can often bridge into an almost Black Metal atmosphere. It also doesn’t hurt that once in a while the band throws some Black Metal-type back of the throat rhasps in a lower volume into the mix behind the already dominating vocal style.

The only downfall to this album lies with the drumming during the chorus of the track “Diabolic Possession”. The song technically goes as a slower pace then the rest of the album, and really the song is easily one of the best tracks on here thanks to some simplistic yet infectious guitar chords. However, in the chorus, the drumming is done well, but it seems as if the drummer cannot keep up the same pace as the double bass kicks has when doing the snares, causing things to sound a little off with each other. Other then that, things may sound a little repetitive as you go through the album, but not enough to ruin anything for the album. On your first listen, it you may get a little tired of things around “Throne of Chaos” due to similarities between that song and the two before it, but the more time you spend with this album the better “Throne of Chaos” becomes to you, as well as the rest of the album. There’s still a great amount of diversity in the music, such as the sheer speed and intensity of “Necrophilliac”, a rather unique and much more intense version of this Slayer classic that really stands out greatly on this release. Honestly, it would have been nice to have more tracks like “Necrophilliac”, as well as the powerhouse “Summon the Majestic” which is heavy and fast as well, but just not as intense, on this album with this level of intensity and drive, and hopefully future albums will show it.

Each track on The Glory of a New Darkness essentially follows the same concept, but has enough unique ideas and sheer intensity that they stand out from one another. You have your slower paced cuts like “Broken Wings Drenched in Blood” and “The Eternal Damned”, up to furious songs like “Summon the Majestic”, all of which are performed well with one exception in “Diabolic Possession”, making this album a flawless Death Metal assault that will stay in your players or playlists for a long while. The band’s ability to merge heavy and haunting musicianship and great vocal work, artly in thanks to the production job and layering of to create an inhuman sound, as well as the band’s ability to bring in a hint of Black Metal without ever leaving the Death Metal confines, lead for one stunning debut release that thrusts Embrace Damnation right to the forefront of today’s Death Metal scene. The Glory of a New Darkness is simply a must have album.

01. Age of Satan, Age of Tribulation – 4:26
02. Torture Burns Inside – 4:44
03. Broken Wings Drenched in Blood – 4:28
04. Throne of Chaos – 3:58
05. Diabolic Possession – 6:50
06. The Glory of a New Darkness – 3:58
07. Necrophiliac (Slayer cover) – 3:40
08. Summon the Majesti – 2:54
09. The Eternal Damned – 5:07
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

Embrace Damnation
Embrace Damnation

Digital review copy of this release provided by Rotting Corpse Records.