INGURGITATING OBLIVION - Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light

Ingurgitating Oblivion - Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light

4 songs
52:05 minutes
***** ****


At first I thought Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light were only an EP, considering that there were only four tracks to be found. But once I checked the recordís running time of fifty-two minutes, I knew that we must be in the presence of something really unique. Usually, when metal bands play these really long tracks, we can expect something from the doom / sludge / drone corner. In the case of Ingurgitating Oblivion, a death metal trio whose roots go back already two decades, we get the most progressive kind of death metal you can imagine. The label offers comparisons to bands like Deathspell Omega and Gorguts, but what differentiates this third longplayer by this Berlin based band is their much crazier approach that always seems to walk on the thin line between chaos and genius.

The opener Amid The Offal, Abide With Me shows Ingurgitating Oblivion from their most violent side, although the songís generous eleven minute length has room for enough intricate details just waiting to be discovered. Strangely enough, this song even comes with something like a chorus, reminding me of Pestilenceís Deify Thy Master from their late Eighties classic Consuming Impulse. Up next is the albumís centrepiece A Mote Constitutes What to Me Is Not All, and Eternally All, Is Nothing, a twenty-three-minute tour de force, making me wonder if this is supposed to be death metalís answer to Genesisí Supperís Ready or Van Der Graaf Generatorís A Plague Of Lighthousekeepers. In terms of craziness, we are on similar territory, and frankly what the three Germans are practicing here is only borderlining on death metal. Acoustic guitars and vibraphone allow for a haunting jazz atmosphere that I would not have expected after their first track which was much more furious, but in the end this piece is one of the reasons why I still love to discover new metal artists. German metal hasnít been this innovative since the early days of Sieges Even in the late Eighties to the early Nineties. The following title track, also like the opener nearly eleven minutes long, is once again a heavier song, but one that tries at no single moment to hide its progressive prowess. The last two minutes are played on a piano in a kind of contemporary art-house classical music. The album ends on the quasi-instrumental A Devourer Of Flitting Shades Who Dwells In Rays Of Light, at seven and a half minutes the only track below ten minutes. This is another mostly quieter piece that allows the listener to savour the strange music with some poem lines recited throughout the track.

Vision Wallows In Symphonies Of Light may only contain four tracks, but their generous lengths make for a long enough album that should appeal to every fan on brainy death metal. Combining technical versatility with progressive songwriting, and unafraid to add elements from jazz and modern classical music, Ingurgitating Oblivion have shown that extreme metal music can not only be fascinating, but downright beautiful if you just pay attention. There are a lot of progressive extreme metal bands around at the moment, but few achieve such a visionary goal as this threesome.

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