Terminus Episode 99 - Melancholy Pessimism, Immolation


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Through loutish, piglike force of will, we have arrived at the halfway point of season 3 of Terminus. Weary but unbroken, your intrepid hosts are going to be taking their customary two week summer break, but before that, another episode, this time featuring what is surely one of the biggest records of the year. This is another episode of pure death metal, but in this case we reach from the deeper depths of the underground as well as the heights of one of the genre's most seminal acts.

For the subterranean: Melancholy Pessimism's newest record, continuing the legacy of these criminally underrated stalwarts of the Czech deathgrind scene. This time the band reaches back into the 80s, injecting a shot of surprisingly traditional thrash into their agile, mosh-ready brand of deathgrind. Like many of the records we've covered this year, this is an album for aficionados of the style, its core traditionalism elaborated upon with subtle touches of structural cleverness and masterful musicianship.

And then, yes, it's time- we're late to the party but we'd be remiss if we ignored the latest work by Immolation. No preamble is needed: Immolation continue to impress with their unique style of haunting, textured death metal that has now been iterated upon for upward of 30 years. That being said, this isn't a band content to rest on their laurels, and Acts of God proves itself one of their most ferocious and pummeling offerings in their post-Harnessing Ruin career. Sit back and enjoy as we engage in a sprawling discussion of not merely this record but the band's career, legacy, and position in death metal as a whole. 0:00:00 - Intro

0:09:24 - Melancholy Pessimism - Shut Up, Give Up and Obey! (Bizarre Leprous Production)

0:57:10 - Interlude - Destructive Explosion of Anal Garland - “Ureterakhamun” fr. Tour de Anal (Bizarre Leprous Production, 2014)

0:59:10 - Immolation - Acts of God (Nuclear Blast)

2:04:48 - Outro - Winter - “Into Darkness” fr. Into Darkness (Future Shock, 1990). Note fr. TBMG: Here's the other template for that last chug riff on Acts of God.

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