Majesty and Decay

1. Intro
2. The Purge
3. A Token of Malice
4. Majesty and Decay
5. Divine Code
6. In Human Form
7. A Glorious Epoch
8. Interlude
9. A Thunderous Consequence
10. The Rapture of Ghosts
11. Power and Shame
12. The Comfort of Cowards

Ross Dolan - Vocals, Bass
Robert Vigna - Guitar
Bill Taylor - Guitar
Steve Shalaty - Drums

Dawn of Possession (1991)
Stepping on Angels... Before Dawn (1995)
Here in After (1996)
Failures for Gods (1999)
Close to a World Below (2000)
Unholy Cult (2002)
Bringing Down the World (DVD, 2004)
Harnessing Ruin (2005)
Hope and Horror (EP + DVD, 2007)
Shadows in the Light (2007)
Majesty and Decay (2010)


Recorded at New York's Millbrook Sound Studios and produced by Paul Orofino, mixed by Zack Ohren.

Released: 5/3-2010
Reviewed: 24/5-2010


To Immolate means to kill (oneself) by fire or to kill as a sacrifice, that is a name much like Suffcation, Destruction, Cataract, Death, Carcass and so forth, these are all names indicating bands of people who seem to dwell on death and destruction as well as blood and carnage, that is something I don’t really care much about at all really. Bands with names like these are almost always really bad so first impressions are really not favouring Immolation, but on the other hand that is their own fault, they chose the name.

And sure enough, I find that it is a rather bland attempt at being cool and heavy and demonising or whatever. They really are nothing of those things, the one thing they are is boring, boring, boring, boring, boring, bor…. zzzzzzzzzz.

Sorry, I dozed of there for a while, but now I am back with the rest of this review. Musically this is death metal of the slower kind, with sleepy grumpy, growly vocals; with equally sleepy baselines and drumming and then we have some heavy guitars and I guess that if you play it at eardrum destroying levels it is probably quite heavy but at normal volumes it is just dulllllllllllll, sorry dozed off there again.

I can not really find anything particularly positive to say about this record, or this band for that matter. Honestly, this is as boring as any other record I have heard recently, can’t really think of any record I have felt more uninterested in while listening to it. So, as you can read, I don’t think much about this, it is truly boring.

I believe that the best thing for this band would be to immolate themselves really, I on the other hand am just immolating the record.


Label - Nuclear Blast
Three similar bands - Suffocation/Possessed/Autopsy
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm