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Engulfed: Through the Eternal Damnation
Death Metal
Hellthrasher Productions
November 5th, 2012
Release length: 24:32
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Istanbul, Turkey plays host to the Death Metal group, Engulfed. The three piece formed back in 2010, and features members you may know of through their time spent with likes of Deggial, Decaying Purity, and Burial Invocation. After about two years, they peaked the interest of Hellthrasher Productions, who has recently issued their debut four song EP titled Through the Eternal Damnation. Clocking in at a little under twenty five minutes, does this recording work to catch the ear of the avid Death Metal fan, or is it something that isn’t really worth your time?

The production behind this EP carries an early raw and crusty Death Metal sound that works wonders for the atmosphere. The guitars have a mild distortion to them in more of a mid-range, giving the performance a dismal touch against the somewhat deeper bass guitar. The vocals are podded up a bit higher in the mix, but handled in an indecipherable manner that makes them seem louder, and even more vile. The chaos these instruments bring is accompanied well by crisp cymbals at a volume that is slightly drowned out by the rest, though the tighter snares and stern click of the bass kicks come through a little better, especially the latter of those two.

But, as far as the music goes, this isn’t anything all that unique other than running a little longer than normal. “Triumph of the Impious” has some extra speed at work, allowing the faster double bass kicks to stick out nicely amid the dismal guitars and atmosphere being established. There’s also a certain authority behind some of the riffs you can find scattered about in the bridges and chorus, though largely around the halfway point when things pick up to introduce a brief, yet suiting guitar solo. The vocals are a deep guttural roar that are often quite menacing as well. That similar intensity can be found on “Summoned,” though it doesn’t quite reach the same speeds. Around two minutes, things will actually slow down, creating a far more crushing tone to the music that the enthusiastic vocal performance shines greatly over. For the most part, it retains this approach, but does conclude on a much quicker and aggressive scale that makes it all worth the trek.

Things do kind of slow down after that point. “Supreme Lord of Blasphemy” is another solid track with some faster material, but it just seems to go on too long. The energy is still there, and the blistering drums against some galloping kicks are met with simpler material in the riffs that isn’t too bad, but often isn’t anything that special. The song even treads into breakdowns on more than one occassion. This isn’t a move the band shouldn’t have done, as they do fit well thanks to some good transitions, but they oftenseem more like padding than a solid beneficial addition. Much of this can be said towards “Inseminated with Demon Seed” as well, though the slower parts are actually a little more engaging, and the seven minute plus track length ends up justified, but still feels drug along here and there despite never really offering much padding. There’s also a good deal of feedback that can be picked up in the audio as well that suits the raw tone of the album, but is very distracting and can even mask the music for brief moments.

Through the Eternal Damnation is a nice introduction to this new Death Metal group from Turkey, but it’s far from an impressive one. While the music is often quite aggressive and dismal in atmosphere, only the first two songs really stand out, while the last two vary between solid music and what could be considered padding. This in no way means the songs are bad, rather just go on longer than they should. If you like putrid sounding Death Metal, Engulfed still recorded enough here that’s worth your time to experience, even if just once.

01. Triumph of the Impious – 5:24
02. Summoned – 5:24
03. Supreme Lord of Blasphemy – 6:15
04. Inseminated with Demon Seed – 7:29
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by Hellthrasher Productions.