There is more than enough content to shred your ears within The Ichor Carcinoma and more than enough to keep you listening over and over again, and that is just what this release does. This is the debut full length from Buried Realm, and man what an impressive debut it is. Through ten total songs you are subject to instrumentation wizardry, a pretty wide range of vocals and most importantly an overall great listen. Once the intro Portal passes, you are greeted by nine monstrous, technical and menacing tracks that do their best to tear your head off before you even get through an entire listen.
Everything that is done on this record is done by one person and that makes this release just that much more impressive. From the guitars, to the drums, to the bass and the vocals all the way to the symphonic elements that are added in are all done very excellently. The Ichor Carcinoma is a very tight knit and well put together record and nowhere on this record can you find a track that is lacking in any way shape or form. Each track hits you with an acute and razor sharp intensity, and with that being said, once you press play your head snaps back and you have no choice but to head bang straight in to oblivion.
There is a lot of variety spread throughout this release as well. The riffs are diverse, tempos ebb and flow, and there are even symphonic elements sewed in to each track to give you even more diversity. Perhaps the most diverse of all of the elements that are within this album are the vocals however. Throughout The Ichor Carcinoma you will hear strong cleans, monstrous guttural growls and gravel filled screeches that are somewhat reminiscent of black metal vocals. Not only is the man behind this proficient in each of the instruments that he plays throughout this release, but his vocals are more than on point and very potent and memorable.
As a matter of fact, The Ichor Carcinoma is an entirely memorable record as a whole. Through and through this release impresses and the more that you listen, the more that you want to keep listening. This record is an intense and interesting listen and it just gets better and better each time that you hit that play button. Very well done.