Pim B. : Right now in 2018 we can’t deny Dark Descent Records is a relevant label. This record company is quite important for the more extremer styles of metal. Their first release in 2010 was the MCD ’Rituals Of The Grotesque’ by Burial Invocation that was received really well. Where the label started to make name of themselves things got quiet around the Turkish death metal band. In 2012 they quit to return in 2014 with a fresh line-up. Only guitarist Cihan Akün and drummer Abberant remain from the original line-up. Initially vocalist Mustafa Yildiz was also still present but he quit due to a move to Germany. His part has been taken over by Cihan.
Now the first full-length appears. Besides the new line-up some other things changed too opposed to the aforementioned MCD. First of all the length of the songs increased. From an average of 5 minutes they now clock 10 minutes in average. With just four songs and a fifth track that can be seen as an outro (with cool acoustic guitars and a string section) we can say this indeed is a full-length. Secondly I can mention that the musical approach differs a bit too. I mentioned bands like Incantation, Immolation and Bolt Thrower in the review of ‘Rituals Of The Grotesque’. These influences partly apply to ‘Abiogenesis’. The compositions are a bit more complex, yet still quite accessible to the ears. You simply can notice various other influences without branding Burial Invocation as a copycat. I still detect Immolation, but I can also add the influence of Death or Morbid Angel. In some parts you clearly hear that Finnish sound from bands such as Demilich. When it comes to the melodic soloing I often have to think of Vital Remains.
This variety of influences does give Burial Invocation a right to exist because ‘Abiogenesis’ is a very strong album. The sound is great, the mix is great (listen to the perfect balance between both guitar parts), the compositions are outstanding and it’s all packed in a cover with great art by Dan Seagrave. Ingredients that make this an album you have to have heard. I’d like to compare Burial Invocation a bit to Horrendous; so top-notch death metal.
The vinyl edition has been released by Me Saco Un Ojo Records by the way. Whatever format you decide on, this is an album you should have heard.