International death metal setup Echelon have got an eviable pedigree, grabbing members from some of the finest UK and Swedish death metal scenes and creating a fine slab of excellent, grinding death metal with some vintage Scandinavian riffs and good old fashioned British death power. It’s out in December on Transcending Obscurity.
‘The Brimstone Aggrandizement’ is chock full of excellent death metal riffs, for want of a better starting point. There’s decades of history woven into every decrepit riff and morbid guitar solo, and with the cast of characters involved, you can understand why. The rumbling Hail of Bullets/Bolt Thrower worship of the excellent ‘Lex Talionis’ makes for top headbanging music, while the septic wound raked across your ears by the savage ‘Vital Existence’ is another stormer. But what is most evident throughout every song is that feeling of authenticity; that desire for nostalgia.
This is a defiantly old school death metal record; Rogga Johansson’s vintage guitar work entwining with Dave Ingram’s instantly recognisable growl makes for a perfect combination for old school death metallers who want nothing to change or evolve EVER! But in reality, this is a reinvigorating shot in the arm to bands who think they can just play ‘old skool’ riffs and get away with subpar song writing. ‘The Brimstone Aggrandizement’ is a record that pulses with deathly vitality, and each song has its place. Even the weird sampling close to ‘Monsters in the Gene Pool’!