Ignominious Incarceration - Of Winter Born (Earache/Riot)

Of Winter Born is a great mid-range album. It's not something you'd sell your mum for, but it's pretty damn good.

Some people don't like my work because I am occasionally a fence-sitter, and I am also, occasionally, really gung-ho about works that tend to strike other metalheads as being rather prole. This album in particular has caused arguments. I really like it. Lots of people like it but find it fairly pedestrian, as far as blackened death metal goes. Others just get bored by it. So, on that score, I think you need to make up your own mind about it.

It features some really nice, tight, double-kicks; some of the arpeggio-driven riffs are well presented and harmoniously on the money; the vocalist has a reasonable range, from the very very low growl to a more metalcore style upper-low-end growl. The thing I like about this release is that even though I will admit that the playing is fairly metronomic - that is, almost too well-timed and played with timing in mind rather than the end result of great enjoyment - I got a sense from this release that the band would be killer to see live.

There were some excellent rhythmic hooks in this release; but they didn't just appear once, they bobbed up again and again right throughout the album. The breakdowns in Dynasty Damnation were a real low-point, though, I must say - but they did provide a nice contrast that proves the band can do far more than just what might be popular right at the moment.

Of Winter Born is a great mid-range album. It's not something you'd sell your mum for, but it's pretty damn good. My last impression about this release is that it did go a little bit long; but, at least there are some great things in here, despite the album's length, that mean it isn't a chore to get through.

Ignominious Incarceration's Of Winter Born is out now on Earache/Riot.