Embalmer – Emanations from the Crypt (2016)

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Article by Corey M.

Too many death metal bands these days are attempting and failing utterly to convey the more obscure, ghastly effects of Onward to Golgotha or early Gorguts rather than the grisly, gory, in-your-face ripping and grinding style that was more prevalent at the time of those classics. Emanations from the Crypt is revitalizing to these ears as there is no effort made whatsoever to “enhance” the “atmosphere” of the music with excessive reverb or eight-hundred layers of guitar tracks; there is only brutality and aggression. Early Deeds of Flesh is an obvious inspiration for this juggernaut album as the guitar riffs squirm and shred through gnarly contortions, while the drums attempt to restrain and sensibly contextualize their wild leaps and bounds. The vocals are very convincing growls and gurgles that switch up just when needed to suggest a shift in dynamics, much like Infester used theirs and never attempt to take control or drive the music. Also present is some of Deicide‘s spirit announcing itself through the jittery, psychotically antagonistic riffs that seem to only represent melody tenuously. Embalmer’s Emanations from the Crypt some of the best death metal on the brutal end of the spectrum since Scalpel‘s Sorrow and Skin.

Listen to and purchase Emanations from the Crypt on Hells Headbangers’ Bandcamp page.

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14 thoughts on “Embalmer – Emanations from the Crypt (2016)”

  1. Barack Hussein says:

    Will this album bear Prozak´s stamp of approval or should we the reader just trust your opinión?

    1. C.M. says:

      Thou shalt trust my opinion.

      I dare say Prozak will not approve of this; listen and you may see why.

      It’s a fun listen though. I will not buy a copy, however.

  2. Can you survive the blitzkrieg says:

    It comes back around to where I assumed DM would with glorifying 1995 since 1990 is beyond worn out. However there are moments of frantic blasting, exhausting vocal gurgles and one riff being drilled until another pretty good riff change up that are satisfying in a way Goatpenis can be and even Blood, maybe. I will probably get a copy of this, especially since HHR CDs usually end up going for $5 from sock drawer distros (bless em all). I really enjoy the almost out of tune guitars and general slopped together feel, in an age of meticulous posturing and overkill of Demoncy thru McEntee this feels like some old guys jumping into an album with the “fuck it” attitude younger bands should have but let the Internet “every one is judging, please accept me” gear culture get in the way. Good on them. I’m sure Prozakery hates this and considers you vermin for listening, why do you care? I think he has a solid record of recommending good metal albums, there is nothing horribly wrong with being a collector and fan of b-c grade death metal (proper I mean, with little dilution and no crust overtones) as it’s far better than below excellent black metal.

    1. This is what Nunslaughter should be.

      1. morbideathscream says:

        Nunslaughter was a far better band than embalmer can ever hope to be. I heard embalmer’s there was blood everywhere and found it quite mediocre and generic. Nunslaughter’s angelic dread had a positive and quite accurate review on here sometime ago and rightfully so.

  3. Sonny says:

    Hey Daniel, what is your opinion on Canadian black metal band BLOODAXE ??


    1. I’ve heard worse.

  4. Poser Patrol says:

    Cover art and song titles gives the impression Embalmer is your typical “B-horror/gore death metal” band, which is unfortunate. Bands that brand themselves as such are almost all terrible. This band isn’t as one-dimensional but they’re not really what I look for in death metal.

  5. ODB says:

    It isn’t purely death metal. Embalmer belong to an old vintage of the genre (check out There Was Blood Everywhere for serious Infester-level atmosphere), one which, like Corey says, was as much about grind as it was death metal. I can’t remember names off the top of my head right now (Impetigo, Phantasm, Hideous Mangleus, stuff in that general vicinity). It has gradually been wiped off the landscape by war/death/black bands who take themselves far more seriously than their skill warrants. Razorback tried bringing it back to life back in the early 00s (Lord Gore’s An Autophagous Orgy recaptures that vibe very well, Cardiac Arrest, too, minus the horror movie fixation) but soon lapsed into caricature. You can’t be expecting Morbid Angel from this stuff even though I understand there’s an argument which says why settle for anything less than the very best Personally, I can still enjoy it from time to time on its own terms and with tongue firmly in cheek.

    1. vOddy says:

      Sometimes you don’t want to cook a great dinner. Sometimes you just want to put some vegetables between bread and have yourself a decent sandwich.

      1. C.M. says:

        Vegetables between bread? Decent sandwich? You Swedes are weirder than fuck.

        1. vOddy says:

          You’ve never sliced some mozarella, tomato, and lettuce and put it on a sandwich?

          1. C.M. says:

            Where I’m from, food doesn’t count as a sandwich unless there’s at least 1/4 lb of meat on it, preferably beef.

          2. Johan P says:

            v0ddy, är du svensk?

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