Album Review: Ulcerate – “Shrines of Paralysis”

Ulcerate - Shrines of Paralysis

Technical death metal has never been my forte. I strongly suspect it’s a concentration issue, but bands whose sole purpose — at least on the surface — is to cram as many notes possible into a measure fly right over my head (I’m looking at you, Archspire). When I listen to metal, death metal in particular, I tend to go for substance over style. In this respect, I’ve been very lucky this year to find an increasing number of death metal bands that play technically proficient music without sacrificing the atmosphere that draws me to death metal to begin with. From Chthe’ilist’s debut full length, to Blood Incantation’s Starspawn (a name that is starting to border on household), to Gorguts’ Pleides’ Dust, to Auroch’s stunning Mute Books, the list of phenomenal death metal this year stretches on and on. Now, then, is a better time than ever for New Zealand’s Ulcerate to return with their fifth album, Shrines of Paralysis, and put on a how-to clinic.   Continue reading