Immemorial - _After Deny_
(Conquer Records, 2004)
by: Jackie Smit (7.5 out of 10)
Despite Angela Gossow scaling the top of many a readers' poll by virtue of more than simply her female wiles, the idea of a female-fronted death metal band remains somewhat of an anomaly -- largely one might think due to evidence to the contrary which at best can be described as sparse. Immemorial's Karla can therefore tap herself on the shoulder for further strengthening the feminine cause in extreme music with a performance that not only stands out, but transcends any sort of gender bias purely through ample amounts of raw talent. Not that her fellow bandmates haven't done a commendable job either, mind you. Alumni of the Behemoth school of death metal, Immemorial follow a similar style to fellow countrymen Hell-Born, but for the most part the band are able to pull it off with far greater panache. Were it not for its tinny and often cluttered production, _After Deny_ would most likely have scored even higher; but either way there is little that can mask the inventiveness behind songs like "Corrupted by Death" and "Longing for Sin". If brutal, grinding death metal is your flask of rum, then this record should most certainly be on your shopping list.

Contact: http://www.immemorialband.prv.pl

(article published 19/4/2004)


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