ULCERATE - Stare Into Death And Be Still Digipack CD
Released as a 4-panel Digipak with clear tray and 8-page booklet.
My expectations for this album were unreasonably high before a second of it passed through my ears. Ulcerate are titans of modern death metal, constantly staying at the front of the pack with their inventive embrace of dissonance, atmosphere and dynamics. They were one of the first of their kind, and their influence looms large, commanding a level of respect equivalent to that of Deathspell Omega in the black metal spectrum. In case having a game-changing style wasn’t enough, Ulcerate are also constantly reinventing themselves with each new album, adjusting their scope and changing the tonal delivery radically. They have more deliberate, paced albums and chaotic, nearly incoherent ones, with some coming through with clarity and subtleties and some albums being delivered through a mix caked in filth. I may have a high bar for anything this group puts out, but it’s only because they’ve repeatedly proven they can clear it.