Originally written by Ryan Plunkett
I have to say, Immolation has surprised the hell out of me with this release. Previous to Unholy Cult, I had enjoyed some of Immolation’s material, but could never fully get into them. No longer the case, thanks to this album.
Musically, this is Immolation’s best record thus far. The dark riffs and crazy harmonics return, and better than ever. Bill Taylor (ex-Angel Corpse) joins the picture with Robert Vigna writing some brutal riffs. In the past, I found their music to be just a little too chaotic, and often a bit too slow for my taste, not to mention the guitar was often difficult to hear due to lousy production. This time around, I can dig every riff on here.
Alex Hernandez does a great job behind the kit once again with his powerful blast beats and thunderous double kicks. Ross Dolan handles the vokills perfectly, which almost sound a bit darker compared to their past releases. The lyrics are also some of Immolation’s best yet.
This brings me to the only real thing that hurts the album, the production. Surprisingly, this is the best production Immolation has ever had – It’s much better than Failure of the Gods and anything before that. I would describe it as slightly better than Close to a World Below, and this time around the drums don’t drown out the guitars, which I was really happy about.
All in all, this is a very solid release from Immolation. If you’re a fan of brutal death and/or an Immolation fan, this is a must own. If you couldn’t enjoy their past releases because you thought the production was too poor, I urge you to give them a second chance with Unholy Cult. Prepare yourself for darkness.