Ingested, Revered by No One, Feared By All

Jon Wiederhorn

By Jon Wiederhorn

on 12.20.13 in Reviews

Revered by No One, Feared by All

An exercise in extremism

Equally dedicated to death metal and deathcore (think Red Chord, Whitechapel, Carnifex), Ingested veer between speed-driven firestorms and jaunty, barbed moshpit inducers, with no clear separation between the two. While the musicianship is spot-on, the composition is jarring and seemingly random. There’s no predicting when a blast beat will shift into a syncopated, mid-paced passage or a storming double-bass pile driver. It should be a total sonic mess, yet somehow the songs create powerfully expressionistic splatters of emotion that captivate like free-jazz without being improvisational. If Revered by No One, Feared by All was any longer than 16 minutes, it might become numbing, inviting complacency instead of awe. But as four short bursts of aural annihilation, it’s an exercise in extremism that should sate the hunger of listeners on that eternal quest for the heaviest of the heavy.