I want you to imagine any pure death metal band out there that comes to your head. Cannibal Corpse, Autopsy, Morbid Angel; take your pick! Once you’re done, I want you to bust out a permanent marker because you’re gonna make an addition to that list you just made. Write down the name Ulcerate, and don’t forget it anytime soon, for you will remember that name post-hearing this album!
Look at that cover art. Just take a good, deep look into it. Yes . . . a lot of red, no? Then you know a skeleton/corpse/type-thing is in that background also coated in red. Now, picture all of that put into a death metal album. I don’t mean a pussy one, either. I mean something that is a constant assault upon your psyche with no punches being pulled, not even a trace of devoured victims, and is truly one of the many reincarnations of violence. That is what “Shrines of Paralysis” is in an evil little nutshell. This one-hour long massacre of an album is everything that even the most uptight elitist scumbag could want out of a death metal album because it’s got the blood, it’s got the gore, and it’s got the unyielding brutality and attitude to match. What’s weird to me is all throughout “Shrines of Paralysis” there isn’t much variety throughout the record as Ulcerate just has speed, power, and all that chaos set at full blast literally the entire time, and that usually puts me off an album. Yet, I’m still drawn to Ulcerate’s brand of death to the point where if you want to start the end of the year at the extreme and covered in blood, you’re going to want to investigate “Shrines of Paralysis” and not look back even once.
This has got to be one of the most monotone death metal albums I’ve heard for a little while, but the sheer undeniable might of Ulcerate is something I couldn’t ignore. I simply can’t deny I enjoyed the bloodbath of “Shrines of Paralysis”, and I can guarantee most of you will as well.
“Shrines of Paralysis” releases on October 28th!
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