What an incredible intro. Rivers of drool. I needed to change my shirt. In Twilight's Embrace is here with their third album, and they are out for pure bloodlust. These Poland natives have an unquenchable thirst for speed. There's definitely a touch of Venom thrash, especially notable in tracks like Der Hellseher," but this is tempered with a modern twist a la Arch Enemy. Pure 90's melodeath rifftravaganza.
"A Wolf I Remain" sure knows how to set the stage for the oncoming torrent of bile with its unique opening. And the song structuring, unlike this disjointed review, is total perfection. Each song is teeming with hooks with never a dull moment. The drums are equally, if not more, impressive in caliber and precision. Blasts within blasts. It's a blastception. Listen to the bass and toms on the "Fullmoon Strain" and you might find religion.
These drums join with the old school In Flames guitar melodies like pizza and chocolate milk (just me?). Even the bass makes its presence fully known with an unearthly, clamorous tone. It's like a garbage truck filled with subwoofers, barreling full speed down a dirt road. Finally, the vocals are a cross between Jeffrey Walker, Anders Fridén, Cronos, and Consolamentum. He dominates the full listening space with unshakeable intensity. But, again, the guitar. Unending hookgasm of delights. I'll stop before I oversell.
On a final note from Arachnophobia Records, "driven by bitterness, disillusion and doubt, ‘The Grim Muse’ is the defining work of In Twilight’s Embrace. This recording will be available as a classic jewel-case compact disc. The venture is about to begin. Let the grand breach expand." With the added excitement of guest contributions from Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, Disfear), Paweł Bartulewicz (The Dead Goats) and Rambo (Bloodthirst), this is an album you do not want to miss. Buyitbuyitbuyit.
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