Immortal Bird - Empress/Abscess
Broken Limbs Recordings
Black/Death Metal
5 songs (30'32'')
Release year: 2015
Broken Limbs Recordings
Reviewed by Jared
Surprise of the month

The Chicago death and black metal band Immortal Bird made some noise two years back with their EP Akrasia, showcasing that they knew a thing or two about ferocious, extreme metal. Empress/Abscess is the first full-length debut by the band, and though it may seem like a short ride, they haven’t forgotten to pull their listeners through a pit of anger and fury with their death and crusty blackened metal.

Guitars open up the album in Neoplastic with a disturbing and menacing sound. It quickly becomes more thrash punk as it progresses forward, but boasts with heaviness. The song becomes a bit more mechanical sounding towards the end; feeling like it could be pulled from a Meshuggah album due to is nature. The following track Saprophyte begins a bit more calm and creepy with its guitar leads, but the rhythm follows a more rumbling feel. This track is simply rich in neck breaking riffs that doesn’t let or leave any room for being soft.

To A Watery Grave takes the album to more violently driven heights once again, but this time shows a calmer side to the band which was a surprise after being driven through all the chaos up to this point. Though the song still is an angry monster throughout, there is a moment where soft keyboards appear, fitting seamlessly into the track, sounding beautiful yet melancholic.

Empress/Abscess seems to be a hidden gem for me in 2015. Immortal Bird drags you through a pit of despair and chaos but even though short, it’s worth retaking the ride through this angry and belligerent album more than just once.

Killing Songs :
Neoplastic, Saprophyte, To A Watery Grave
Jared quoted 80 / 100
Other albums by Immortal Bird that we have reviewed:
Immortal Bird - Akrasia reviewed by Neill and quoted no quote
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