The fourth album from Polish death metal/melodic band In Twilight’s Embrace is called Vanitas & is out on September 22nd 2017 via Arachnophobia Records.
The opening song, The Hell of Mediocrity brings the noise with furious riffing & aggressive blackened death metal vocals. It’s a startling intro but one that is made instantly more palatable thanks to the use of a little melody.
As solid as a start as that is, the album really takes off with the stunning Fan the Flame. A song stuffed with exciting riffs, fantastic vocals & blasting drum beats. It’s one of the highlights of a well-put together melodic death metal album.
In Twilight’s Embrace’s approach to death metal is one that is as much about delivering a memorable musical experience as much as it is about tearing your face off with intense heaviness. They get the balance of ferocity & melody just right resulting in songs like As Future Evaporates & Flesh Falls, No Ghost Lifts pulling on the emotions as well as causing involuntary neck spasms.
While it is mostly fast & heavy throughout the drops into slower & doomier sounds help break things up. Trembling is a moody number, opening with a throaty roar before guitar melody; a chugging riff & a hard-hitting slow drum beat deliver an extremely memorable track.
The latter part of the album chooses to pull no punches, going for the kill with speed & refinement. The confidence that seeps from Vanitas is inspiring; the band delivers stylish & exciting metal.
In Twilight’s Embrace – Vanitas Full Track Listing:
1. The Hell of Mediocrity
2. Fan the Flame
3. As Future Evaporates
5. Flesh Falls, No Ghost Lifts
7. The Rift
8. The Great Leveller
In Twilight's Embrace - Vanitas (Arachnophobia Records)
- The Final Score - 9/109/10