Echelon – The Brimstone Aggrandizement (Review)

EchelonEchelon are an international death metal supergroup. This is their second album.

With a lineup that contains a huge amount of experience; like the recently released Stench Price, (which shares personnel), I’m just going to list the various members below from the press blurb for ease of clarity –

Dave Ingram (Hail of Bullets, ex-Bolt Thrower, ex-Benediction)
Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Demiurg, Putrevore)
Johan Berglund (Ribspreader, The Grotesquery)
Kjetil Lynghaug (Johansson & Speckmann, Paganizer)
Travis Ruvo (Akatharta, Cropsy Maniac)

As you can see. These guys know a thing or two about death metal.

What does this mean in practice, then? It means 35 minutes of crushing, classic death metal, that’s what.

Featuring a good mix of old-school British and Swedish influences, (how could it not, really, considering who is involved), The Brimstone Aggrandizement throws riff after riff at the listener, flattening them into a fine paste.

It’s heavy, catchy and if you’ve a taste for song-based old-school death metal, extremely easy to get on board with. The mixing of the classic styles makes for songs that are instantly appealing, yet also worth returning to again and again. The distorted groove and winding leads are like tank treads that are slowly grinding forward towards you. When blast beats appear it’s all over for you. Sorry.

The familiar growls of our beloved ex-Bolt Thrower vocalist are great to hear. I’ve always liked his voice and he gives a top quality performance across these eight tracks.

It’s hard to fault this, and indeed you can’t. It’s a first-rate release from people that have been doing this long enough and well enough to know exactly what they’re doing. It’s an album that has, (understandably), got some metal fans in fits of excitement about its release, and I’m extremely pleased to be able to say that it’s very much worth it. The Brimstone Aggrandizement is an instant hit.

Listen at full volume.

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