Level Above Human

Ingested were one of the (at that time) early deathcore bands, who burst onto that scene early with 2009’s Surpassing the Boundaries of Human Suffering.  Despite having some of the most god-awful typewriter sounding way-too-high-in-the-mix triggered drums I have ever heard, it was actually a very solid album and fans of the genre were quickly put on notice.  That was followed up with 2 phenomenal (and much better drum-sounding) follow up LPs in 2011’s The Surreption and 2015’s The Architect of Extinction.  They had gone quiet for the past 3 years in terms of releases, but have roared back with this latest one.

Finding a home on none other than the behemoth known as Unique Leader records, this one had all the makings of a killer album, and it doesn’t disappoint in the least.  Their slamming, groove heavy sound still sounds fresh in a genre that has been dying for an injection of some new life.  Vocalist Jay Evans bounces all over the vocal scale, growling when need be and going for a higher pitch when called for.  Drummer Lynn Jeffs (who some might recognize from Annotations of an Autopsy), absolutely slays behind the kit with some (thankfully more organic but still triggered) light-speed double bass work.

Sean Hynes and Sam Yates, who handle the guitar work as well as backing vocals, bounce between slick grooves and slams, while also mixing it up to avoid monotony.  One of the things that has no doubt helped this band is that it’s all the original members since their beginning in 2007, with that continuity really helping the cohesiveness of their sound.

This is just an absolute crushing album, and a welcome return for one of the best in the genre.  It clocks in at just under 45 minutes, which is definitely on the longer end but highly enjoyable when it’s done this well.  If you’re a fan this is an absolute must listen, and anybody with an open mind just might find themselves liking this one as well.

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Written by Kevin E
May 31st, 2018


  1. Commented by: Nick K

    I feel like the video for the song posted is a bite on Dyscarnate’s Iron Strengths Iron. Both from UK. More so just the feel of the intro part. Great review Kevin!

  2. Commented by: Metalopoly

    Early death core?????? Ingested play slam death not death core. But yea that first single has a ton of dyscarnate as stated in the video comments.

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