Ulcerate are a band from Auckland, New Zealand. Their combination of rather complex death metal with post-core influences has delivered great things, such as The Coming Of Genocide (2004), Of Fracture And Failure (2006) and Everything Is Fire (2008). The latest addition to their already impressive discography was written and recorded last year and will see the light of day in January 2011. It’s entitled The Destroyers Of All, so let’s take a closer look at its crushing potential.
In comparison to Everything Is Fire the new album is more complex in terms of technicality and multiple musical layers within the individual compositions. Ulcerate have managed to further refine their blend of technical death metal in the vein of Immolation, with more melodic post-core inspired guitar lines in the best Neurosis and Isis tradition. Those elements give this album a unique identity of its own.
I praise the band for their original take on death metal, instead of being one of the countless Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and Suffocation clones which pollute the scene with their generic copycat material. The Destroyers Of All is by no means an easy album. It takes quite a few intense sessions before the essence of tracks like Burning Skies, Cold Becoming, Beneath, The Hollow Idols and the title track is unveiled. In my view this only adds to the listening experience of the album.
Sound wise the band have managed to find the middle ground between a somewhat murky underground styled production with a level of clearance that makes the different instruments sufficiently audible. It really enhances the bleak atmosphere of this record.
With The Destroyers Of All the band managed to further refine their sound and add more depth to their music. This is accomplished without compromising their style or any major experimentations. I hope this album will bring Ulcerate some more recognition. Good stuff!
written by Raymond Westland