The Mancunian death metal quintet that are Ingested, having release their debut (‘Surpassing The Boundaries of Human Suffering’) back in 2009 to critical acclaim, are back again with this four-track EP, ‘Revered By No One, Feared By All’.
The UK slam kings rip their EP a new one when they open with ‘Titanomachy’; it’s powerful, it’s brutal and it’s fast. The band join forces to create a doom-ridden opening that gets your blood boiling. From the outset, there are two visible vocal qualities at play: one that hisses, and the other which is far more throaty. Yet despite the overall ferocity of the song, the chugging drums and vocals do overpower the guitar riffs which should really be more of a driving force behind this track.
Without too much noticeable change, the opener flows into second track, ‘Regicide‘. There are the same dual-layered vocals, yet now they sound quite like a pig squealing and speaking at the same time – an unusual feat. Other than that the production is decent, just maybe if more of the guitar was audible there would be more melody.
Another very similarly sounding song, ‘Uncrowned‘ is unearthed. But this time there’s a couple of breakdowns followed by metronome defying time signatures, just showing that their ability is actually spot on.
Last track ‘Endgame‘ does make us think: thank goodness this is the end. Though on further listens, it’s not bad, it just sounds fairly emulative of it’s predecessors. And perhaps without the pig-squealing vocals there is a lot of potential.
Without sounding too pretentious, let’s face it: death metal is an acquired taste. And for this reviewer, the taste is definitely required. Metal that has been dipped in death is not our cup of tea, but in terms of ability and production, Ingested can’t be criticised for their newest EP.
Reviewer: Lizzi Hart