Tech-Death Tuesday: INGURGITATING OBLIVION Turn Reality Inside Out On Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light
Ingurgiting Oblivion is a Berlin-based band who are revered in underground death metal circles, but who never really got their just deserved praise until 2014's Continuum Of Absence was released. Now they're back with a new album, Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light, it's definitely their strongest material to date, and we've got a full early stream of it below for you to check out. If you're new to the group, they combine dissonant tech-death like Ulcerate and Gorguts and fuse that with dissonant black metal and brutal death metal influences into a sound all its own. The songs they create from that framework are further developed around progressive and experimental tendencies that envelope Ingurgitating Oblivion's pummeling nature with an air of grandiose sophistication, broken up with quirky jazz elements, and dark atmospheric layers and interludes.
Over the years the group's lineup has changed, but guitarist/vocalist Florian Engelke has always been at the center, the architect of their incredible sound and their shifting sonic direction from release to release. This time on Visions he is joined by several session musicians, including one of death metal's finest drummers, Lille Gruber of Defeated Sanity. While the band has frequently dabbled in long form compositions on prior releases, all of Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light are lengthy multi-part movements, making for an album that's structurally unique in the world of death metal. There is an ambitious and epic bend to the four lengthy intricate compositions the album is comprised of. The longest of which is the 22-minute long opus, "A Mote Constitutes What To Me Is Not All, And Eternally All, Is Nothing", comparable in a sense to the experience of hearing the multi-faceted and maze-like form of death metal found on last year's incredible single song Gorguts EP. The other three songs are equally dense, two of which clock in at over ten minutes, and the closer clocking in at a bit over seven minutes. Music this otherworldly and crushing rarely comes paired with such a breathtaking display of masterful songwriting and an exploratory sense of sonic curiosity.
Vision Wallows In The Symphony Of Light is a challenging release, one that flips multiple conventions and stylistic norms on their head in favor of something truly unique. Truly a monumental slice of death metal, Visions is one that you'll need a ton of listens to fully unpack everything going on here. So check out our full early stream of Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light below, and see how you feel about it. If you're digging it, the album drops this Friday, April, 21st through Willowtip Records and can be pre-ordered here. Be sure to follow the band over on the Ingurgitating Oblivion Facebook page as well.