Mancunian slam crew Ingested have returned with a highly anticipated follow-up to 2013’s ‘Revered By No-One, Feared By All’. The band, along with London’s Acrania, have been paving the way for this fairly unique brand of deathcore with slam influences. Ingested have been absolutely destroying the UK scene since 2004. Nearly a decade on from that and the band are still conquering the scene. Make no mistake, ‘The Architect Of Extinction’ absolutely rips.
Musically, it seems to be an incredibly solid return to the original brutal death metal formula found on their first full-length, 2009’s ‘Surpassing The Boundaries Of Human Suffering’. Since then, the band have progressed rather quickly into deathcore territory, mixing up the Devourment-style slams with plenty of early Suicide Silence-esque riffs and breakdowns. Here though, they seem to have scaled back the deathcore influence, so the death metal aspects are far more prominent. Thankfully, this works in their favour. The tempo changes are more fluid and the blinding speed that Ingested often offer on their songs isn’t cut short by a rather anti-climactic breakdown.
The great thing about the album is that there’s something for everyone. Those who are familiar with the North-West Slam Fest split are sure to love the brain-dead slams in the wonderfully titled ‘The Heirs To Mankind’s Atrocities’, whilst those who prefer the more technical side of Ingested‘s music are going to be drawn towards ‘Extinction Event’ and finalé ‘Rotted Eden’, as they offer plenty of engaging lead work throughout. It’s an incredibly cohesive album as well, and, with the exception of ‘Penance’, an instrumental that’s driven by an acoustic arpeggio (no, really), no track ever feels out of place or overstays its welcome, which is often a common criticism of the genre.
As ever though, it’s vocalist Jason Evans who steals the show. His demonic lows are spewed throughout the album and he offers up a pretty unique style that’s reminiscent of ‘The Somatic Defilement’ era Phil Bozeman (Whitechapel). He’s clearly a more than competent vocalist, and in plenty of tracks on the album he presents a good mix of highs, lows and everything in between, keeping the record as engaging as ever.
‘The Architect Of Extinction’ is the best that Ingested have ever sounded. Their songwriting has improved hugely since their earlier releases, and having been playing music under the Ingested name for nearly a decade, they’re still as punishing as ever. We’re only halfway through January, but it’d be a fairly safe bet to presume that this will be turning up on plenty of critics’ end-of-year lists.
Written by Jack Boaden