UK death metal extremists Unfathomable Ruination will release their third full-length album, the aptly titled Enraged and Unbound, on November 22 via Willowtip Records and it’s safe to say that it’s a fuckin’ colossus!
By no means do Unfathomable Ruination play death metal by numbers (Jungle Rot or Six Feet Under they most certainly are not), this is brutal death metal for fans of tech-savvy acts such as Cryptopsy and Origin and Enraged And Unbound is good enough to propel Unfathomable Ruination to the very top of the genre pile.
The 6 minute opening track, “An Obsidian Perception”, contains enough face-melting, neck-snapping, sack-slapping riffs to fill any ‘normal’ death metal bands entire new album and that’s just for fuckin’ starters! What follows continues down the same twisted, tortured path of inventive riff piled upon inventive riff, wrapped around a formative structure of groove, technicality and a seemingly endless stream of creativity and dark imagination.
The is impressive stuff from a band who’d already made quite the name for themselves with 2016’s bloody marvellous Finitude and who have now, somehow, upped the ante considerably. Ben Wright’s vocals are a myriad of ghastly voices, running the gamut of screams, growls, shrieks and unholy sounds but this album arguably belongs to drummer Doug Anderson, a man whose creativity here defies belief and provides the immovable backbone to the chaos that surrounds him. Whether Unfathomable Runation require pummelling breakdowns, an onslaught of blast beats, progressive death experimentation or a more ruminative approach during ‘doomier’ sections, Anderson delivers with aplomb. His, is a stunning performance.
There are no weak links here, only a series of tracks which build upon the last in a manner that provides numerous moments of death metal nirvana and if it sounds like we’re rather enamoured with this album, you’d be right, This is one of the most creative, most consistently impressive, death metal albums we’ve heard all year and Unfathomable Ruination have truly excelled themselves.
Go on, find fault with this album….we dare ya! 9/10