Ingested is (and has been for several years now) one of those bands that stands boldly and brutally in the middle of the road in terms of both being on the side of deathcore and death metal as far as genres go. They're incredibly fast-paced, their music packed with chromatic riffs, slams and breakdowns, and it is all wrapped up in a guttural and blast beat maddening chaos. Formed in the mid-to-late 2000s in the United Kingdom, this five piece Manchester noghtmare outfit has accomplished many things: from releasing a handful of albums to playing live shows the world over. And now, their latest EP release is upon us!
Serving as the extreme metal band's second EP and sixth offering overall, Call Of The Void is a brief but brutally fleshed out and somewhat blackened composition by Ingested that carries over a lot of what made the artists tick beforehand, in addition to experimenting with some slightly new incorporated sounds. The 17 minute EP boasts four songs in total and was, once again, unveiled very recently by the band's record label Unique Leader Records. It also serves as a follow-up to The Level Above Human (AKA the band's previous full-length) and was mixed by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy).
The best way to describe this EP is 'ominous'. The gloomy atmosphere that comes in between the slamcore madness takes on a very blackened format accompanied by some acoustic and distorted guitars, with a few lengthy instrumental sections as well as a guitar solo or two here and there. 'Mouth of the Abyss' is the highlight track on here because of its droning, slow intro verse that leads into some fast double bass and tremolo shredding. This one is more of a standard Ingested track at heart but it includes some pretty cool breakdowns and some interesting vocal style mixes towards the end.
Call Of The Void experiments more on the latter three tracks, with 'Eternal Kingdoms - Part I' being a mixture of the aforementioned instrumental/blackened format in the first half that turns into a br00tal slamcore song. The second part of 'Eternal Kingdoms' is an instrumental track all the way, carrying over the sound of the intro to its predecessor and dragging it out over the course of a few minutes. It's different, it's more soothing: a change of pace for Ingested. Additionally, the final track, 'The Empyrean Creed', is a slamcore track similar to 'Mouth of the Abyss' albeit with a more melodic second half. So overall, Call Of The Void surely exhibits more experimentation and variety than your average Ingested or slamcore release.
Call Of The Void is possibly Ingested's most interesting sounding and eclectic release to date. The EP certainly has its dark parts, with an almost brooding ode to the black metal genre that crosses over with the band's signature slam riffs, blast beats and slamcore gutturals. It's unexpected...and it may highlight some pretty decent stylistic and sound changes for the band in their near future. Overall, the release is short but sweet and definitely has more going for it than Revered by No-One, Feared by All (their last EP). It's a hard recommend for slamcore and Ingested fanatics who want something a little bit different.
Fave Track: 'Mouth of the Abyss'
**This release is available now both digitally & physically here!**
Support your fave artists and musicians!
-Review by: Dave Raffy
Musician, reviewer, fan & promoter
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to share it with others to help us grow. You can also like and follow us on the social media of your choice with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon.