Annihilation – The Undivided Wholeness of All Things (Review)

AnnihilationAnnihilation are a Portugese progressive death metal band and this is their second album.

Starting off with their debut album of enjoyable Deicide worship Against the Storm, Annihilation returned a few years ago with a different, more complex direction on The Undivided.

Now, three years later, we have their second full length The Undivided Wholeness of All Things, which brings some lineup changes and yet another new logo along for the ride too.

Undeniably brutal, but not in a one-dimensional way, Annihilation have pretty much refined their take on the death metal style at this point in their existence. Heavy, and surprisingly catchy, the band know a good riff when they regurgitate one, that’s for sure. The technical and dissonant parts of their sound are now fully incorporated into their delivery, sounding naturally placed and wickedly executed.

Intricate guitarwork and subtle shading sit comfortably alongside progressive structures and brutal directness. The songs on this album show a good variety of methods of attack taken from the band’s influences and recast as you find them on these songs. The tracks are well-written and this album contain’s the band’s strongest material so far.

Annihilation’s previous EP was essentially a prototype for this sound, with this full length providing the finished, polished product. The Undivided Wholeness of All Things is the sound of a band maturing in pretty much all of the ways that matter, and now sees them ready to compete in the death metal big leagues.

If you’re looking for a death metal band that can crush with the best of them, but that also offers something a bit different to your average band, check out The Undivided Wholeness of All Things.

Fans of Immolation, Gorguts, Execration, Suffocation, Obscura, and Death should take note.

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