This album took me by surprise to say the least.I was expecting run of the mill death metal with insanely fast drumming,which sounded ok.As soon as I listened to Serenity In Fire,it just blew me away with its sheer diversity.There is a strong black metal influence in several songs such as "For All Our Sins" and "Under The Bleeding Sun",and there are songs like "As I Slither" and "The Night They Returned" that are very rhythm oriented,which is going to make these songs very brutal when played live.The drumming on this album is mind blowing,and it sounds like a machine gun very frequently.Even people who don't like metal,much less extreme metal have dropped their jaws at the speed of the drumming.The drum production is too clicky,but when the music is this good,production doesn't matter.Kataklysm have really stepped up on this release and shown their superior songwriting skills.Every song is memorable and never fails to keep your attention.Where...
This is my first Kataklysm album and it won't be my last. I usually hate death metal that has a deep monotone voice but kataklysm's is tolerable because you can still understand what he says. Plus, there is plenty of higher pitched death vocals to accompay this although it does sound like an angry affleck duck. But the standouts here are the guitar and drums.
Some of the most slick, most catchy guitar riffs i've ever heard are presented on this album. Somehow, their player plays this stuff and keeps it memorable. The riffs are not that brutal at times, adding a hint of melody to it. The drummer is great, some of the fastest double bassing i've ever heard. He adds a very very strong back bone to the music and adds to the heaviness to the songs.
The lyrics are not up to even death metal standards and some of the songs are too short. If they would flesh things out some more, they would be truly great band. All in all, top notch death metal, go buy it. the...
If you liked Kataklysm's last album "In Shadows and Dust" then you are going to love this one. At first listen, this album doesn't sound quite as good as Shadows but after more listens you can hear the overall improvement in Kataklysm's music. Their drummer is still one of the fastest drummers in death metal, and the singer has gotten even better. This singer does some of the best growls, high pitched screams, and he even experiments with new kinds of singing on this one. Pretty much every song on this album is incredible, and the intensity never dies down. In the early 90's bands like Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel were the best bands you could find. However, these bands are getting older and not as good as they used to be. If you want a band who is still putting out 5 star classic death metal albums, a death metal band who is the wave of the future, not of the past, then I suggest you pick up this as well as any other Kataklysm CD. -I-
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