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Close to a World Below

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0000508W4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,475 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Immolation creates a paradox with their music. On the one hand, the music is superficially your typical brutal, oldschoolish, New York death metal, with typical anti-Christian lyrics. But wait. The attentive listener will find that upon examining this work further, layers of depth reveal themselves like scales falling from the sinner's eyes. A similar phenomenon happens w/fellow NY death metallers Suffocation. But these guys don't exactly sound like Suffocation, or any other band actually. Under the brutality and technicality lurks hellish melody and *gasp* emotion. The ignorant who say that the lyrics are cliche and simply composed for "shock" value aren't paying attention. Unlike the mindless anti-Christian aggression of bands like Deicide, Immolation's lyrics are highly personal, metaphorical, and emotional. (In interviews, Immolation refers to themselves as "unholy" rather than "evil.") Rather than expressing their hatred for all things holy by talking about burning down the Vatican or some such nonsense, these compositions explore psyches damaged by spiritual poisoning. The music manages to reflect these ideas well. The thunderous drumming, the shredding guitars, the grinding bass, and the grunt-barks (surprisingly understandable at times, even w/o a lyric sheet), all convey the anger and outrage at being deceived. And yet, without female or clean vocals, classical instruments, acoustic passages, or any letup in the brutality whatsoever, melody manages to thrive through odd time signatures and tempo changes, and strange instrument juxtapositioning that creates dissonance and harmony at the same time. It's hard to explain exactly what the music does, and I don't think words can adequately explain it, anyway.Read more ›
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As a music fan that varies his listening from time to time, I often search for new types of music. I just happened upon this selection and found it to be anything that you could want in the way of a brutally loud album. As I put this CD in to listen, I heard those soon-to-be-famous opening words that said "didn't you say that Jesus was coming?", and thought to myself: "how much better could this get?" But I was soon silenced by the brutal attack of the drums on Higher Coward, where it seems to sound more like machine-gun fire, rather than drumming. The rest of the album is so awesome, it's scary. The guitars sound perfect to be complimenting the vocals and the drum and bass fit together like a puzzle, completing one of the heaviest and all-out brutal albums of all time. I gave this album five stars because the production couldn't be better (it has a heavy bass sound without sacrificing high-end eq), the vocals are understandable (and stand out from the instruments), the guitar-work is heavy (a distorted high-gain sound), and the rhythm section is quite astonishing (great use of the bass by Ross Dolan (their singer also) and Alex Hernandez has got to be the only one of his kind when it comes to who can drum the loudest/fastest). In other words, i give this album a high rating, not because I liked it, but because it is surprising to see such creativity bled into music. You can actually tell that these people tried to make a noticable album, not just another "here's what I can do". Get this album if you're interested in this type of music.
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This was one of the first death metal cds I ever purchased. I' a relative newbie to the world of metal and I prefer good black metal or death metal any day. But I am extremely happy I picked this one up and opened my mind. This is simply a great album. I, like many others, will sing the praises of Ross Dolan. His vocals are stellar, deep and brutal, but comprehendable, a feature difficult to find in many death metal outfits. Being a bassist myself, I was also interested in his bass lines and I was impressed there also. Alex Hernandez's drums are incredible and astonishing. Even my father, a mariachi fanatic, and my mother, a hardcore classical follower, were forced to compliment the complex drumming that is on this album. His drumwork is comparable to Flo Mounier's on "Whisper Supremacy" or Peter Wildoer's on "Insanity". The guitars are turned way down and gives the recording an even deeper and vicious sound. The artwork on the front cover is superb and my family was awed yet fearful at the time of their viewing. It shows Christ on His cross, engulfed by flames and surrounded by lechery, sin, and abomination. Just the way I like it.
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Many distributors still carry all of Immolations albums except this one. Not quite sure why, but if you see it, buy it on the spot. Worth every penny. Classic evil death / black metal for fans of Morbid Angel, Vital Remains, Incantation, etc. This one album just stands out to me for some reason, nothing really special about it, but it flows well, and doesn't do anything wrong for fans. Just a complete album in general, start to finish.

Great to clean your house / apartment to.
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Immolation's "Close to a World Below" is a complete masterpiece of brutality and technicality. Everything on this album is done in perfect measure. There is no fat, no parts technical for the sake of technicality, no parts needlessly excessive for the sake of attempted brutality (i.e. Cannibal Corpse, Devourment) and no cheap gimmicks or tricks. This is 100% pure, unadulterated death metal from start to finish.

Ross Dolan's vocals are truly a rarity. They're about as growly and low as you can get, but are completely comprehensible with every word enounciated and crystal clear.

However, if you're a metal fanatic, the real appeal of this album will lie in the guitars. Every single riff Bob Vigna plays is twisted, crushing and inventive. His solos are intricate and technical, but still maintain a very natural feel.

Overall, this is a work of genius sure to go down as a classic in the genre. If you're looking for the very best in American death metal, you can't get much better than this.
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