Track 1 ‘intro’ starts with a beautiful piece of guitar work, unusual for such a heavy band as an instrumental song to start an album.
Track 2 ‘ascension’ also starts with a combination of clean and heavy guitar before a huge scream resonates to get the track rolling. The track is sounding quite black metal-like and I really like it.
Track 3 ‘conjuring malice’ is more wicked guitar work with a combination of death metal/deathcore vocals that give it a lot of punch. The song ends at a furious pace.
Track 4 ‘hollows’ starts with a nice clean guitar part with a little melodic solo over the top. It then moves into some nice clean vocals until halfway through the song and the death vocals kick in a very cool song.
Track 5 ‘fate dwells’ starts with a huge deathcore vocal style with up-tempo drumming that has a good beat. The bridge reverts back to the clean guitar to close the track.
Track 6 ‘darling, dearest, dead’ once again starts with clean guitar work and continues through the entire song which I really enjoyed.
The final track ’empty vessels’ is most definitely the heaviest song on the album showing great guitar play and drumming with a wicked tempo and dual sounding vocals with even a more deathcore presence about it.
Overall I really liked this album and give it 4 out of 5 roos.
Release Year: 2013
Reviewed by Scott Max Wells