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Review: False Images – Imminentus

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False Images are progressive Deathcore band from Nashua, NH. They formed in 2014 and have released a self titled EP prior to Imminentus.

The first thing that struck me about this album was the immediate introduction to a dark and eerie soundscape. This is the type of music that’ll actually freak you out while you’re walking down a dark alley on your own, or when its 3am and you’re in your dark room with your headphones on and you can’t help but feel on edge- and that’s without the main core of the music having to do a thing. But then, all of a sudden, the music hits you like a bus. This isn’t raw brutality- this is evil, supernatural brutality. It teases and torments you before commencing to bludgeon you to a pulp with its unrelenting force. And for this reason, this album captivated me from the get-go.

This really is a monster of an album- its over 46 minutes long and consists of 14 tracks-all of which boast something uniquely interesting. While there doesn’t seem to be a specific or consistent lyrical concept surrounding it, the lyrics touch on topics such as genocide, alien invasion, supernatural beings/forces and general hatred – in other words, if you’re looking for a love song or clean sections you are seriously in the wrong place. The vocal performances are carried out with impressive consistency and certainly have their own space in each song, and there’s generally an acceptable level of variation and range in and between each song. There is no doubting that this guy is an absolute monster of a vocalist; every song his aggressive low mids and growls are pushed in to your face and compliment the instruments perfectly. If you happen to be a fan of Sever The King, Evans vocal style is very similar and some ways even dominant.

The instrumentation on this album is absolutely crushing. The fact that the guitarists have taken proper advantage of their extended range guitars is pleasing, as you hear them hopping strings and octaves in a ‘thall’-like fashion throughout the album, before swiftly returning to bottom end riffing or a massive breakdown. And as if this wasn’t enough for you, they surely make up for it with the ever-changing guitar driven atmospherics.  As a guitarist and producer myself it blows my mind to hear how well they’ve blended production tricks with various guitar tricks and techniques to create a lot of the haunting and enchanting soundscapes you hear on the album. While this may be common in many extreme metal genres I have never personally heard such a level of intricacy and diversity; the fact that every song seems to have a fresh feel whilst retaining enough consistency, yet avoiding riff recycling really is impressive.

The production is both the glue and the icing on the cake for the album. You can clearly hear how the fact that the guitarist was not only writing but also producing the album worked massively to the bands advantage. The production doesn’t just enhance what was already there as it does on many releases – it is very much part of the album. Everything flows, every little trick plays a part in the sound and feel of the album and it just gels so well. In terms of the quality of production, it is well balanced whilst having a very specific and recognisable style. The heavily scooped mids and massive bass drops and snare verbs give it a mixture of a Jesse Kirkbride mix and a Sever The King mix- which in my eyes is a golden combination!

Overall, this has got to be in my top 5, maybe even top 3 best releases of 2016. Everything about it is pure brilliance, and it also really stands out to me. Not to mention that every repeat listen leads to hearing and discovering new things hidden in the detailed mixes. Don’t sleep on this album, don’t tell yourself you’ll check it out later and do yourself a favour keep your eye on this band! I don’t know about anyone else but I’d like to see them try and top this release…..

9/10

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