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IMMOLATION- HARNESSING RUIN - 2005 - Listenable Records

Track Listing

01. Swarm of Terror
02. Our Savior Sleeps
03. Challenge the Storms
04. Harnessing Ruin
05. Dead to Me
06. Son of Iniquity
07. My Own Enemy
08. Crown the Liar
09. At Mourning’s Twilight
Immolation is a band that have earned my respect. They've been around for about fifteen years and honed a death metal style that is unique in the genre of a million copy-cat bands. When you hear this band's music, you instantly know who it is. Funny statement, but it's getting harder and harder to make such a claim in this day-in-age.

The first thing I noticed about "Harnessing Ruin" is that the tunes sound a bit more "controlled". In the world of extreme metal this could be a death sentence, but I think it helps Immolation's music become more listenable. The wacked-out quirky playing on the previous albums always caused me to raise an eyebrow but sometimes went a bit overboard. Don't get me wrong, this album is not some huge change of style. It's more like the few loose ends that bogged their previous works down were all finally addressed on this grand opus.

Unlike many death albums that take multiple spins to grow on me, "Harnessing Ruin" hit me like a ton of bricks. From the opening blaster "Swarm Of Terror", to the unrelenting title track, down to the epic closer "At Mourning's Ruin", I sat enthralled at how this goup of die-hards have taken their music to new heights with each and every new release. Make no mistake, Immolation are still as dark and evil as ever. So dark in fact that even the melodic sections sound foreboding, yet at the end of the day it's the diversity that makes it a much more interesting listen that their previous works. Simply put, this is quality, high-class death metal and is a must have for any fan of the genre.

Axeman

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: IMMOLATION
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TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Harnessing RuinImmolation
2005
Axeman4/1/2005
Majesty and DecayImmolation
2010
Ben McCraw7/20/2010
Shadows in the LightImmolation
2007
Etiam12/19/2007
Unholy CultImmolation
2002
Nate Turpin2/27/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: IMMOLATION
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
AtonementImmolation
2017
David Loveless3/15/2017


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