ULCERATE - Of Fracturea and Failure
GENRE: Death metal
COUNTRY: New Zealand
LABEL: Neurotic Records
YEAR: November 27th, 2006
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Neurotic Records
I liked The Coming of Genocide demo so I was excited to hear how far the band had come on Of Fracture and Failure. It's clear that Ulcerate have changed and expanded its sound and style. The music has a far more noisy and lopsided feel to it nowadays. It works well, but it's not easy to digest right away.
Like on the demo it's obvious that the band has been inspired by Immolation. The clues are hard to ignore, but somehow it profits the music. Moreover Ulcerate gets some inspiration from Hate Eternal and Today Is The Day. That adds to the diversity of the music.
Ulcerate are good song-writers. The band writes music that doesn't feel like a copy of something else, but in spite of the flexibility that the music has I miss more catchy parts or riffs. It does affect the music as none of the songs seem to stand out.
The production is dry. It fits the music just right and it gives it a bleak and untreated feel. Of Fracture and Failure is an okay debut, but it's not a CD that sinks in right away.