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Review: Engulf – Subsumed Atrocities EP

From New Jersey, Engulf released their Subsumed Atrocities EP on the 15th of September. This is old school death metal at its most pristine, and at two tracks, this is perhaps one of the shortest EPs we’ll come across.

The opening track “Aeons of Hate” introduces the band’s style and sound that is comparable to the likes of Morbid Angel’s older material, perhaps around the Gateways to Annihilation era. The vocals are exactly as any Hate Eternal or Obituary fan would expect them to sound, and the riff work has that stop and start balance between thrashing about and finishing on whole notes. Personally, I would have liked for there to be a guitar solo, but nevertheless, I am pleased with how well-flowing the song structure is.

The other track “Graviton” is what I feel to be more in the direction of brutal death metal, considering the domination of blast beats, and slight slam chugs here and there. I’m a little surprised as to how easily decipherable the lyrics are in the vocals. In fact the harder I listen to the lyrics, the more complementary the guitars sound, especially around the 2:20 to 2:50 mark. Overall, the suffering theme of the song, as well as the diabolical gloating of the vocals could really be heard. I can easily imagine this as a soundtrack to the end of the world.

There is nothing I can really flaw with this EP, except maybe ask that their future work have some guitar solos. All in all, this is a great addition to the purist’s death metal collection. We look forward to hearing more, so don’t keep us waiting too long.

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