Embrional is a Polish death metal band which has built a strong reputation for their corrosive sounds in their homeland and surrounding areas. Wider recognition has escaped them so far but with the release of their debut album Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors you can imagine the stirrings of a wider acknowledgement of their accomplished music. Whether it is an album to ignite fires of mass awareness worldwide is probably unlikely but it is not down to a lack of quality or strong sounds, just arguably the absence of anything startlingly new to set it apart.
The Silesia and Gliwice based quartet of vocalist/guitarist Marcin, guitarist Rychu, bassist Michał, and Camillvs on drums, has certainly made a mark within underground metal in Eastern Europe since forming in 2003. Across their early demos Cusp Of Evil and Annihilation of 2006 and 2007 respectively, and the split release album Spectrum of the Metal Madness with Empheris in 2009, as well as impressive live performances the band has drawn strong and positive acclaim from fans and underground media alike. Now with the release of Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors through Godz of War Productions, their old school death metal driven album should see some elevation to their status further afield and pave the way for future releases to grab more and more success for the band.
The album is immediate in attaching itself to the ear, taking no time to start chewing upon the senses as opening track Possessed By Evil rampages from its first seconds. It does offer a tiny respite with a gently coaxing guitar soloing before unleashing a tempest of annilatory riffs, destructive rhythms, and a guttural heavy squall of malevolent vocals on the senses. It is a curse of corrosive intensity and brutal intent which ensnares and intimidates until submission and respectful praise is returned. It is a track which trains the passions, working on them until they become subservient to the skilled and thoughtful structures of the song, and of course the breath of venom it greedily offers.
The first track shows that the band do not offer open grooves and hooks to lure one in but entrap the ear and beyond through impressive technical invention and oppressive violent atmospheres. It is not always a straight forward agreement between song and reception with tracks like the Disgraceful Enslavement with its rabid penetrative assault, the continually twisting title track, and the bedlamic Maniacal Madness, all thrilling sonic compelling infestations, needing and demanding numerous confrontations before igniting a rewarding and lasting union between they and the passions.
Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors is an album which strangely becomes a favourite whilst within its insatiable sonic hunger and spite but not a release which has a massive pull to share its dark nasty corners as frequently as other and maybe often less impressive releases. It is an odd reaction when the likes of the pulsating yet insanity brewing Dismal Symbol with its excellent unrelenting senses branding groove and acidic melodic spears, and the final synapse blistering from Vermin Of The Earth give such pleasure in their painful company.
The album is one with good diversity across its heaving weight of intensity, the surface storm a blackened glaze over the open craft and unable to deny the inventive and imaginative creativity at work. Every aspect of the band leaves one determined to watch every move of the band, from the songwriting and its realisation to the individual talent and provocative flair they combine with to invigorate and scythe down the senses with. As mentioned the band does not break into new avenues but their album is a release which offers more with each play and leaves the feeling of promise given by Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors as a strong spark for anticipation for what they do next. All death metal fans should let Embrional make their persuasive case, you will be well rewarded.
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