Since the Havok show last Monday I feel like I’ve had a well deserved rest from burning the candle at both ends.
There were a few gigs over this weekend I’d been considering, but ended up declining. There were a few bands on the Ritual Festival bill up in Leeds I fancied seeing, but £35 for a ticket and maybe three bands I’d like to experience with a near 200 mile round trip on top turned out to be a bit unappealing. A dose of Norwegian black metal from Taake in Manchester last night was another possibility. Tonight London pop punk stalwarts Snuff play in Derby, a band I’ve seen numerous times but it’s been almost twenty years since I last saw them – never say never though.
The brief gig hiatus could be broken on Tuesday evening when death metal heavy weights Vader and Immolation join forces on the Rise of the Empire tour and arrive in Manchester to decimate the Rebellion Club.
The main pull for my attention on Tuesday is more for Yonkers death metal institution Immolation. I posted about the New York band when I saw them for the second time, and again in Manchester, after a twenty five year gap when they were part of the Marduk tour last year.
In the intervening eleven months album number ten surfaced in February, and as you’d come to expect from the ever present pairing of Ross Dolan and Robert Vigna it is yet another strong album. In their thirty year career they haven’t released what you could call a bad album.
Atonement has slowed the pace down a notch or two since its predecessor Kingdom of Conspiracy surfaced back in 2013 and makes this album that bit more accessible and easier to listen to for casual listeners to the band. It’s also good to see their classic logo has returned to the album art work after a lengthy gap using the plain font that hasn’t been seen on an record sleeve since 1996’s Here in After.
This lyric video for Fostering the Divide is taken from the above mentioned Atonement release issued on Nuclear Blast records.