After a promising debut EP back in 2008, France’s Diluvian have unleashed their debut full length album, and while it continues the European melodic death metal meets deathcore stylings of their EP, its seems to lean a little more ion into deathcore realms. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Fans of polished, beefy modern death metal like As You Drown, Those Who Lie Beneath and The Red Shore would do well to check this album out as it has all the elements that you will love (or hate if you are not a fan): big bruising guitars, processed, triggered drums, dual vocals (including pig squeals), and a mix of brutal blasts and breakdowns. And while the bands European back bone is present, it’s lessened from the EP, as the material is much more blunt force trauma, lacking some of the epic, melodic and synth backed moments of the EP (“Inhumanity Remains”, “Meration Cycles”). Instead, the likes of “Lead to the Slaughter”, “You’re Wretched”, “A Sleeping Cancer (In the Flesh part 1)” and “The Fury” deliver feverishly blistering vortexes and grooves that sound much more American. Only “”Modern Mass Control” has a tangible melo-death sound, albeit on steroids.

Again, not necessarily a bad thing, especially if, like me you are a fan of the above mentioned bands and their ilk and hints of their melodic death metal influences can be heard throughout with some urgent and sweeping solos littering most of the tracks (particularly “Five Nails Through the Head” and “Cast In Stone”) that keep things energetic and interesting rather than a pure blast and breakdown fest. The album closes with a slow burner “Disillusion (In the Flesh part 2)”, to bring things down with a cool down track that shows Diluvian can take their foot off the throttle if they so choose.

Once again the very underrated Deepsend Records has unearthed yet another very solid death metal band ( amid the likes of Porkfarm, Offending, Fleshrot, Dawn of Demise and Embryonic Devourment) that deserve as much attention as the big label out there.

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Written by Erik T
January 6th, 2011


  1. Commented by: Evil In U

    Good stuff. It was a highly anticipated release for me in 2010 based on songs I had heard on MySpace and it didn’t let me down once I got my hands on it.

  2. Commented by: Mark

    should be coming in the mail soon, can’t wait!

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