|Review: Enragement - Atrocities|
Label: Rising Nemesis Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: June 19, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
I’ve been following Enragement since their debut back in 2014, which had them starting out as a pretty OK Death Metal band that didn’t do enough to stand out from the pack. It took a good five years for their latest album, Atrocities, to come out, and I guess third time’s the charm, because they’ve finally become a damn strong Death Metal band with identity.
That’s not to say there’s a major change in direction with this release. Enragement are still heavily indebted to the New York sound and make their Death Metal brutal, technical, and angry like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, and even Nile do. This time around, though, they’ve injected a good bit of slam to their sound and have upped the technicality with some pretty unorthodox song structures that maybe get too technical for their own good, but are always interesting and filled with enough texture to require multiple listens to really dig into. They balance things out with more direct and brutal numbers like the opener "(In)Humanity," the menacing "Violent Bigotry," and the blazing "Cinder" along with more experimental numbers like "Nailed to the Cross" and the wicked "Trade in Viscera," the latter of which is a heavy, stomping beast of a song that’s given atmosphere and identity through a creepy, tragic guitar melody that haunts the entire track up to its climax.
I guess that five years of silence was what the band needed to turn themselves around and become more than just another Death Metal band, and it’s damn impressive to see them come so far and release a damn fine album that works to do more than the average band and ends up doing it very well. Killer shit.
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