Review 2147 : Ingested – The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams – English

No time to lose for Ingested.

Recently signed to Metal Blade Records, with whom they released their latest production, Jay Evans (vocals), Sean Hynes (guitar/vocals, ex-Annotations of an Autopsy) and Lyn Jeffs (drums, ex-Annotations of an Autopsy) announce the release of The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams, their eighth album, in 2024.

The band’s first track, Paragon of Purity, kicks off with a devastating moshpart quickly coupled with overpowering vociferations. A few harmonics occasionally add a more ominous touch, contrasting with the various breaks and accelerations shaped for live, such as the crushing final which finally lets Endless Machine take control of the massacre with its own catchy pachydermic riffs that follow one another without interruption. The band’s most assiduous fans will also notice the vocalist’s progress, and a much softer solo as on the introduction to Where No Light Shines, where the guitar offers us a brief moment of latency before the rhythmics crush us again, occasionally adding a touch of ambient melancholy. Josh Middleton (Sylosis, ex-Architects) joins the trio on Expect to Fail, creating a raw complementary vocal duet that’s quite melodic towards the middle of the track, but the jerky patterns take over again to lead us into Starve the Fire, where heady harmonics join the aggressive rhythm, along with some clean backing vocals. The track is divided between airy touches and explosive riffs, but gives way to real gentleness in the opening moments of Numinous, an instrumental composition that bends our ear before letting the musicians return to violence with the lead guitar in the foreground, then it’s with Mark Hunter (Chimaira) that the band stuns us on In Nothingness, the next track. Clean vocals are easily reminiscent of 90s USA Nu Metal, but it’s with groovy salvos that our necks will stir, just like on Pantheon and its sudden acceleration, which is sure to set the crowds ablaze in no time thanks to its effective rhythm. Back to blast and pure violence with Kingdoms of Sand, where the band return to their earliest influences to roll over us in due form with a terrifying blast, but the album is already drawing to a close, and the musicians hypnotize us with the soothing introduction to A Path Once Lost, where the guitarist surprises us with his mastery of clean vocals, without forgetting the bestiality the vocalist is capable later on.

Fifteen years ago, Ingested was a young band that was already hitting hard. Today, Ingested has become a veritable monster, mastering the most savage brutality but not hesitating to experiment on The Tide of Death and Fractured Dreams. Their future awaits them with open arms.


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