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Embalmer: Emanations From The Crypt

February 17, 2016
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After a deep and dark slumber, Embalmer is back and ready to stuff more corpses in the basement with their new release Emanations From The Crypt. After their 2006 release 13 Faces of Death which the band regarded as somewhat of a misstep, Embalmer comes back to life with this release that is packed full with twelve tracks of purely eviscerating and entirely vile tracks. This is death metal that bathes in the blood of its enemies and crushes anyone who dares to look it in the face. With Emanations From The Crypt, Embalmer is here to revel in horror and filth again.

As soon as this release begins you realize that coming out of it alive and without your throat being carved isn’t an option. Embalmer digs their way through your organs and saws your head off to stick on a spike as quickly as possible. Nothing on this release is calm-save for the outro-as each song here is meant to carve you up and feed you to the worms. There is no calm before the storm, and there are no sere atmospheric moments. Each moment is one of fear, and each moment is spent cowering in the corner as a behemoth stands over you with a hatchet ready to scalp you.

Embalmer cleaves you in two without thinking twice about it. As a matter of fact, it seems as though causing as much mayhem and destruction as possible is only second nature for this death metal wrecking crew. The cutting begins from song one, and your agonizing slow death isn’t complete until the outro The Graveyard Fog is over, and even then your fate isn’t sealed as you get thrown in with the other countless festering corpses.

None of the twelve songs here are incredibly long and really they don’t need to be to fulfill their desire to see you squirm in anguish as blood lets from your veins. Each song attacks you from out of nowhere leaving you dazed as though you’ve been hit over the cranium with a hammer. As the album progresses you feel as though you have been through the ringer and crawled up from a musty coffin, only to be shoved back down in the putrid darkness again.

Emanations From The Crypt is horrifying, and that is just what Embalmer was aiming for. Their new record is the soundtrack to your death and even is capable of haunting you even after you have long been disemboweled. As soon as you press play, the lights go dim and you feel as though you are the victim in your very own horror movie. Emanations From The Crypt is a monolith and it does a great job of making you feel small.

Sharp riffs skewer you from all angles as chaotic guitar solos finish you off, sickening blasts rain down upon you leaving you broken and scarred, a thick and punishing bass rips you open and gurgling vocals spew forth from your speakers. Emanations From The Crypt is a rumbling piece of work that is thirsty only for blood, and there is no stopping it from getting exactly what it desires.

After being away for some time, Embalmer comes back with this release and they clearly aren’t pulling any punches. As bloody, gore filled, vile, and disgusting as you like death metal, Embalmer has made it so. This album is filthy and it revels in it too. This is pure death metal and it is rotten to the core and that’s just how I like it.

Emanations From The Crypt is out through Hells Headbangers April 1, 2016.

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