All songs are well structured and builds both great in tension and dark atmosphere (not just blasting all the way), all songs stands out great by themselves and fits at the same time perfectly together, there are also many interesting & varied parts inside every track and sometimes an almost "deathish" vibe & rythm smashes forward and circulates and intertwines with the flames of blackness. The singing is cold but at the same time desperate in a sincere pissed-off way. And even that it is somewhat easy to get into it grows after each listen.
All in all it feels that this was made under a quite dark time and also a time with much creative input.
Also feels like a "searching" album and i get some Flagellated Seraph vibes from some parts of this...
and thats not a bad thing.
The production is a good mix of raw and meaty, it lunches out a hard & gritty punch in other words!
If i had to (which i dont) to choose only just one song from this year (so far) it actually would we track three "Fortifications Failed", it has such great melodies and delicate black song construction. I get a craving to listen to this more then often.
Then i would choose song 5 & 6... but all is good evil shit.
And i get a feeling that they would be a blast to see live....hope i get that opportunity.
1. Balamuthia Mandrillaris
2. World Closure
3. Fortifications Failed
4. The Great Pestilence
5. Mourning Cold
6. Unleash Hells Fire
7. Age Of Contamination
Great artwork too!