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Shrines of Paralysis

by Ulcerate

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Dan Curhan Ulcerate have created an unrelenting juggernaut of dismal aggression and brooding atmosphere. I can't get enough of this album! Favorite track: Yield to Naught.
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BakCristal Loved "Everything is Fire" and "The Destroyers of All". I tried very hard to like "Vermis" but I just couldn't. It just would not draw me in. This album is a step in the right direction again. Favorite track: Shrines of Paralysis.
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JAH While Ulcerate's "sound" has been pretty consistent from album 2 on, the emotional tone has slowly changed. EIF and TDOA exuded an almost unbearable sense of tension and unease; Vermis was less tense but considerably more dismal and melancholy. Shrines continues the trend from tension to melancholy but unlike Vermis, it is sad in a more grandiose way. If Vermis is lost-all-hope death metal, Shrines is breakup death metal. It achieves this mood with all the expected perfection. Favorite track: Abrogation.
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Forward-thinking, unorthodox New Zealand death metal trio ULCERATE return with their latest masterwork 'Shrines Of Paralysis,' a flawless continuation of the band's signature sonic philosophy. 'Shrines Of Paralysis' spans eight tracks of singular death metal, incorporating a wider range of styles and ideas than ever before. Influences both within and beyond metal abound: organic, inventive phrasings and novel compositional techniques round out a thundering package of death, doom, and black metal stylings. As is characteristic of the band, 'Shrines Of Paralysis' is about much more than just the music. The production, themes, and atmosphere all shape ULCERATE's music, and help guide the way through a highly evocative palette of dark and light passages, subtly dramatic rhythmic manipulation, and unparalleled technical heaviness. The band's most cohesive and powerful release to date.


released October 28, 2016

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Ulcerate Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand-based unorthodox death metal act Ulcerate was formed by guitarist Michael Hoggard & drummer Jamie Saint Merat in 2000, with the aim of creating, dark oppressive death metal. This focus has since developed & metamorphosed into a far more dynamic approach with a fully realised sense of atmosphere & mood, while furthering their foray into the darker end of the genre’s spectrum. ... more

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