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ULCERATE is a progressive death metal act formed in 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand. They released demos in 2003 and 2004 before releasing their 2007 debut full-length studio album "Of Fracture and Failure." Before releasing their debut album they released the "The Coming of Genocide" compilation album which features both demos on one album. The band have released their second full-length album "Everything Is Fire" in 2009.

ULCERATE has been through several lineup changes in their existence but has settled on a three-piece constallation on their latest album consisting of Paul Kelland (Bass, vocals), Michael Hoggard (Guitar), and Jamie Saint Merat (Percussion). The band has added Oliver Goater (Guitar) to the lineup since.

ULCERATE play brutal and pretty chaotic death metal with deep guttural growling vocals, but their music is rather unusual for the genre with dissonant riffing and challenging technical playing. Their second album "Everything Is Fire" slightly touches post metal territory in addition to their trademark brand of progressive death metal. References to an act like GORGUTS and their 1998 Obscura album are obvious.

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MRI 2013
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Candlelight 2009
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ULCERATE discography


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3.52 | 6 ratings
Of Fracture and Failure
2007
3.32 | 8 ratings
Everything Is Fire
2009
3.60 | 16 ratings
The Destroyers Of All
2011
3.93 | 6 ratings
Vermis
2013

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3.00 | 1 ratings
The Coming of Genocide
2006

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Ulcerate
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Coming of Genocide
2004

ULCERATE Reviews


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 Vermis by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.93 | 6 ratings

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Vermis
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Vermis" is the 4th full-length studio album by New Zealand, Auckland based death metal act Ulcerate. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 2013. "Vermis" was engineered, mixed and mastered by the band's drummer Jamie Saint Merat, who is also responsible for the cover artwork. I guess living as far away from other civilizations as people from New Zealand do, teaches you a DIY way of thinking and acting.

In many ways Jamie Saint Merat is an incredibly gifted artist, which is certainly also true when it comes to his drumming, which is varied and skillfully executed. Ulcerate is a three- piece and the other two guys in the band, Paul Kelland (Bass, vocals) and Michael Hoggard (guitars), are equally talented. Together the three of them produce a dense, chaotic sounding, twisted, dissonant and complex type of death metal with post metal leanings (still with a very obvious Gorguts influence). That was also the case on the band's 3rd full-length studio album "The Destroyers of All (2011)". Stylistically the two albums are very much alike, but the more organic sound production on "Vermis" sets them apart. Other than that I don't hear much development of their sound, and that might be a minor issue, but when the music is delivered with fierce conviction as it is here and the tracks are generally intriguing throughout, there is ultimately little to complain about. The growling vocals could probably have been delivered a bit less monotone and maybe a bit more varied, but again it's a minor issue, and they ultimately get the job done.

The band excel in creating chaotic despair ridden atmospheres. Pictures of barren wastelands and post war urban decay are instantly created in my mind. This is not happy music to put it mildly. It's not fiercely aggressive either (although it's very energetic and busy) but rather monumental and gloomy. The balance between chaotic dissonance (played in ultra fast tempos, with split second breaks and time signature changes) and atmospheric (but never even close to being melodic) moments is effectful. Upon conclusion "Vermis" is another strong release by Ulcerate. I think I favour "The Destroyers of All (2011)" over this one, but a 4 star (80%) rating is still fully deserved.

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 Vermis by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.93 | 6 ratings

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Vermis
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
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4 stars The capability to ulcerate someone would be an eclectic and unusual power to wield, with your very existence causing terrible tummy troubles upon others. To witness your presence is akin to devouring approximately ten enormous and alarmingly greasy cheeseburgers. Breaking through the stomach walls of conformity, Vermis is one hell of an interesting racket, with a monstrous and cavernous atmosphere, a crevice into a void.

After a foreboding sluggish start, the chaos ensues, with warped riffs slithering over odd-ball tempo shifts and, at times, completely demented though precise drumming. The chord progressions of the guitars are often quite abstract, with ringing notes chiming atonally over the maelstrom, like a guitar being tuned while a riff is being played. Blistering passages morph into quieter menacing sections at any given time, while growls roar somewhere within the tidal waves of unbridled calamity.

Yet there's lots of structure here, along with remarkable musicianship. Unlike their more spacious last offering, Vermis has a more concrete foundation, even if the bricks shift around a lot, and it's essentially more memorable as far as individual songs are concerned. Dark as hell, with an album cover that perfectly captures the essence of the music, this barrage of tracks are propulsive, but nowhere near predictable, except for the signature Ulcerate "sound" that's sort of established itself at this point. There's no mistaking one of this band's tunes.

I'd actually rank this right up there as possibly their finest recording, as it still sounds like metal music undergoing a violent seizure, but this time around it's a little more coherent with a darker and more ominous tone than its predecessors. Even the measured vocals have a little more character to them concerning their past couple of releases. Ulcerate have created one vicious tentacled aberration here...so enjoy the music or tear up your neighbors belly, it's all good.

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 Of Fracture and Failure by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.52 | 6 ratings

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Of Fracture and Failure
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
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3 stars By this time, Ulcerate were homing in on a distinctive sound, combining vicious, brutal death metal with a generous helping of Gorguts style dissonance and bizarre chord progressions, coagulating in this chaotic and propulsive maelstrom of abrasive lunacy. Some of these tunes offer a bit of respite with guitar-based ambiance, but for the most part, this release is relentless.

Being "different" doesn't always correspond to being "good" or even "listenable", but for those who don't mind a whole lot of blast beats and guitar noise can certainly find something to enjoy here. Some of these erratic riffs are quite fascinating, and I can imagine the writing process for some of these songs must have been an unusual and taxing endeavor, in that anything remotely catchy and easy to headbang to had to have been scrapped. It makes for uneasy listening, but the talent shines through without the need of guitar solos to showcase instrumental skills.

Ben Read's vocals add to the disarray, fluctuating between lower registered growls to high pitched screeches at any given moment, which offers more variety than his replacement concerning their next album, but at the same time it sometimes distracts from the wild music. I know I've somewhat dissed bassist Paul Kelland's more monotone vocal approach in the past, but in retrospect it actually worked better in contributing to the band's overall atmosphere regarding their followup releases.

That's another point in itself, in that while the band's technicality is certainly there on this release, they would further delve into weirder and more varied territory on their subsequent efforts which enhances the cold shape-shifting aura the band can pull off, whereas Of Fracture And Failure seems content to just drill a hole in the brain and induce ulcer in the body.

Still, the progressive side of the band really started kicking in here, and musically it's perplexing riff-wise but entertaining to my veteran ears, but for me it would be their next album that truly defined what the band were aiming for in terms of uniqueness.

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 Everything Is Fire by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.32 | 8 ratings

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Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
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4 stars New Zealand has given the world a lot of wonderful things, namely Kimbra, hobbits, and of course, Ulcerate. The music of Ulcerate has a particular ring to it besides the ringing that will last in your ears for hours after listening to this album. Think of 'brutal death metal' as a properly finished version of a Mr. Potatohead. Disassemble it and give it to a twenty two month old child to reconstruct. The results will unmistakably still be a Mr. Potatohead as the main frame and body-parts remain intact, but in this case there's an ear for a mouth, eyes on the left side of the head and an arm branching out where his nose should be.

Ulcerate's song constructions possess a linear flow that suddenly shift at will in speed and intensity with little or no warning. Calm but cold guitar-based ambience gives way to a torrential wave of blasting and roaring guitars with riff patterns that seem barely discernible with all the shimmering harmonics and atonal chords writhing away over a rhythmic backdrop of brutality. The drummer in particular is fantastic, pinballing between furious aggression and slower though no less tricky tempos, straying from constant pummeling to allow for the dark and unusual aura this album holds to seep through.

That's what really separates this act from much of their peers, the strong focus on atmosphere, which in this case is cold, dreary and unsurprisingly violent. What I really dig the most about this release, my favorite of theirs in fact, is just how well it balances the brutal nature of their earlier material with the more exploratory emphasis on atonal atmospherics while not sacrificing any ferocity (which I feel occurred to some extent regarding The Destroyers Of All). Vocally, the growls are heavy, deep and monotone, but balanced by the pulverizing nature of the music's production qualities and general frenetic pace-shifting patterns, they rather suit the music more than say a screamer or an actual vocalist who sings. It all just adds to the bleak apocalyptic nature of these songs, with tracks like "Soullessness Embraced" really showcasing the skill-level these guys possess, which is quite formidable. Hell, the opening oddball riffs of "Withered and Obsolete" alone must have been a chore to memorize, and this band is well known for its strong live performances.

Not music for those prone to stomach ulcers, Ulcerate did everything right here, giving themselves a distinctive sound and an oppressive air that's not easy to traverse through, but definitely worth it for those into this sort of craziness, such as myself.

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 The Destroyers Of All by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.60 | 16 ratings

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The Destroyers Of All
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Destroyers of All" is the 3rd full-length studio album by New Zealand, Auckland based death metal act Ulcerate. The album was released in January 2011 by Willowtip Records. Iīve followed Ulcerate since the release of their debut album "Of Fracture and Failure (2007)", which is an album I really enjoyed. The bandīs sophomore release "Everything Is Fire (2009)" incorporated post metal elements to the bandīs signature dissonant brutal death metal sound, but while the album certainly is a both well played, well composed and well produced affair, it somehow didnīt completely click with me like the debut did. So I wasnīt sure what to expect after I learned about the release of "The Destroyers of All".

The band have settled on a three-piece lineup. There have been no changes in the lineup since "Everything Is Fire" and I think itīs obvious when listening to the music on "The Destroyers of All", that there is now continuety in the way things are done. "The Destroyers of All" is not a copy of "Everything Is Fire" by any means though and Ulcerate have challenged themselves and their fans greatly on this new release.

The music is still a twisted, dissonant, cacophonous sounding version of brutal technical death metal which at its roots is greatly influenced by Gorguts and their extremely influential "Obscura (1998)" album. Thereīs also a strong influence in the music from the dissonant structured chaos of experimental black metal acts like Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord. The post metal elements, which were introduced on "Everything Is Fire", are even more prominent on "The Destroyers of All" and something that rivals the bleak depressive atmosphere of mid-nineties Neurosis is a big part of Ulcerateīs sound.

The band seamlessly blend all influences and music styles into a sound of their own and itīs actually one of the biggests strengths of "The Destroyers of All". It all sounds very natural and like the band do this with ease. Thatīs of course just another testament to the extremely high level of musicianship on display here. Ulcerate are a tremendously talented bunch. Not only does the music feature odd time-signatures, loads of tempo shifts and worldclass technical precision drumming, but the very core of what makes music great IMO, is very much present on this album too. Songwriting that challenges, moves you and gives you a kick in the butt when thatīs needed is something Ulcerate masters to perfection. Sure the vocals are a tiny bit one-dimensional. The deep growling vocals seldom leave much of an emotional impact, but they actually fit well with the generally bleak atmosphere. The intrumental part of the music is dynamic and can take you from blasting technical chaos to bleak slow post metal parts in seconds. The song structures are adventurous and the album is definitely not an easy listening experience.

Personally itīs taken me a couple of months to fully crack the code to the music, and I anticipate that itīs an album that will always challenge and puzzle me. Itīs the kind of album where Iīll never be completely familiar with all details and therefore itīs an album that will provide me with endless hours of discovery and listening pleasure. "The Destroyers of All" has so far been one of the most interesting new albums Iīve listened to in 2011 and a 4 - 4.5 star rating is fully deserved.

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3.60 | 16 ratings

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The Destroyers Of All
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Prog Sothoth
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3 stars The first expectation I get when I'm told a band plays "technical death metal" is that of a flurry of perpetual noodling riffs, arpeggios, and sweeps backed by constant blast beats and a crystal clear sterile production. Oh yeah, and death grunts...gotta have those. This Ulcerate album is certainly technical and most definately death metal, but does not follow the "tech-death" blueprint by any means. Ulcerate here seperate themselves from other bands of their chosen genre by not concentrating on how fast one can play a riff, but on the riff and note selections themselves. By utilizing strings not often bothered with concerning metal rhythms, there's a complexity to the chord progressions that make for some creative passages and an actual atmosphere that's rather psychedelic at times. Higher registered guitar notes chime for long durations, ringing and interweaving with heavier chord progressions both tonal and atonal to achieve a broad expansive sound, heavy as hell yet vast and sweeping. The drummer is inventive as well; blast beats are not in short supply, but often the tempo is slow and varied in time signatures. There are mellow moments found admist this propulsive entitiy, as if the band's mothers roamed into the recording studio and told their sons to "turn down that racket". The band shifts to a sparse & less distorted sound while still retaining their distinct vibe, until after a minute when their mothers leave and the amps go back to 11. The title track has an especially interesting mellow section where an almost chiming guitar reminds me of a mellotron...it's an imaginative moment by Michael Hoggard, followed by an explosive segment that comes across as overwhelming due to the atmosphere provided beforehand.

Vocals are an issue. Standard death growls with little variation in pitch or style. They contribute to the music as adding an almost mechanical quality to the music...a angry yet soulless delivery. The other issue would be the lack of distinction between songs, which tends to be a common gripe concerning extreme metal albums. The first and last songs to me have the most impact and are actually quite memorable, but the other five tracks, although well made as individual pieces, tend to blend into one another as Ulcerate uses their weird chord techniques in every song, resulting in a 'sameness' that begins to get irritating until the final track redeems The Destroyers Of All.

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The Destroyers Of All
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'The Destroyers Of All' - Ulcerate (8/10)

Although much extreme metal being released nowadays seems to be content with emulating the works of past giants, there will always be those bands out there that try to turn the concept of a given genre on its side and redfine what it can do. Although this can sometimes lead to peril for the band, when done well, it leads to a fair deal of excitement, as is the case with New Zealanders Ulcerate and their latest work, entitled 'The Destroyers Of All'. While it is made clear from the highly distorted riffs, technical drumming and deep growls that this is indeed a death metal record, Ulcerate crosses the boundaries more than once, creating a work that has many of the characteristics of the prescribed genre, but still manages to skim the edge of something different altogether.

When listening to 'The Destroyers Of All', the biggest thing I notice are the guitars. For much death metal, I find that the main purpose of the riffs is to add to heaviness and- in many cases- the technical aspect of the music. Ulcerate is different in this aspect for the fact that the guitar work here is neither particularly brutal throughout, or fast-paced. Although it would be foolish to say that there aren't some looming moments to offer here, the guitars instead offer sounds that rely more on dissonant chord structures, complex timbres and eerie use of feedback. From my personal musical background, the closest thing Ulcerate's guitar work here sounds like is the latter period of Deathspell Omega; experimental, atonal, creepy and sometimes downright disconcerting in nature. All of this works in Ulcerate's favour. When first oging into this record that seemed to have people so excited, I was not expecting something other than a typical (albeit good) death metal record, and the band proved me wrong.

Apart from the relatively experimental guitar work, the rest of Ulcerate is fairly straightforward for the death metal genre. Some great technical drum work of Jamie Saint Merat and washed out but functional bass playing fills out the rest of the sound with the added heaviness the guitars didn't seem to worry about. The most generic thing about the band are the vocals however. While Paul Kelland is a fair enough growler, his grunts here lack the power and emotion to add much to the music.

Ulcerate's 'The Destroyer Of All' is therefore a fairly interesting creature for death metal. With equal parts death metal and something else altogether, the band has crafted an hour's worth of dissonant music that certainly grinds against the nerves at times, but for the time being, the album has given me back some faith into what I perceived was a dying genre.

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 Everything Is Fire by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.32 | 8 ratings

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Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Sblast

5 stars Ulcerate offer an dose of extreme metal and not especially fitting for new comers in the field. "Everything Is Fire" reminds me of London Porter's beer label, "Rich, Dark & Complex", tho they should have added the taste is acquired, and like any good *insert nearly anything* needs background taste and careful selection. The melody on this album is different from mainstream any sub brunch of death metal. A variety of alternate-picked harmonics, lacks any solos and an an expansive tonal range (Roman Temin @ diabolicalconques). Ulcerate's elements are wide and diverse, from "duel guitars" to insane and original drumming and it all brews together into something like the dark-anarchic thought of a pre-Socratic thinker which was also named "the obscure" known for his darkness & hardness to understand. My favorite is the "sparkling" drumming and the twisting & piercing guitar riffs yet atmospheric, which together create some beautiful "post-rock" (for a lack of better choice of a term) moments. Also the climax at some tracks are simply mind blowing. Even superman (as some other review did mention) could not have digested this album after a few spins. Its impossible to digest something so genuinely authentic & jaw dropping new at a short period of time. This album does not fall into the self-parody that some other DM (death metal) bands fall into, and for that it holds some genuine disturbing moments.

This album will be remembered together with Gorguts, Suffocation, Death & similar bands which are treasured as classics. Any how, I'm out to listen to Camel's "The Snow Goose" and after that popping "Everything is Fire", enjoying the full spectrum that richness & excellence can offer.

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 Everything Is Fire by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.32 | 8 ratings

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Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

1 stars Monotonous growling does nothing to make Ulcerate stand above countless other acts doing pretty much the same thing. The trio releases salvo after salvo of discordant riffs, an inaudible bass guitar, and an almost constant double bass drum underneath it all. Bands of this nature honestly make me believe that they are simply incapable of writing an actual vocal melody that will accommodate their music, but that may be one man's slight prejudice speaking. What can be written about eight tracks that sound exactly the same? Considering the complete lack of melody, the constantly disgusting and tiresome vocals, and the identicalness from track to track, I cannot imagine anyone deriving pleasure from this, but presumably people do, and that's all right with me.

"Drown Within" After feedback and noise, the grungy, sludgy riffs of down-tuned guitars and the mauling of a rapid bass drum descend upon the listener like a ravenous vulture uncaring that its prey is still alive. Instead of biting though, the bird opens its mouth, and out comes a series of hideous growls over an incoherent battery of sound.

"We Are Nil" An assault of noise floods the speakers and does not relent until almost four minutes in; after the short respite, the guitarist has further discordant riffs to sludge through.

"Withered and Obsolete" Yet another tiring onslaught of constant noise, this third track offers nothing new in the way of tone, composition, substance, or technical skill.

"Caecus" While mostly more of the same, this band fortunately has the good sense to avail themselves of the aural brush that is generally known as "quiet," at least at one point. The guitarist has a passage in the middle of the piece that is more enjoyable than anything else here.

"Tyranny" Fortunately the guitarist toned down the gain so the bassist could be heard a bit during this relatively restrained and somewhat enjoyable introduction, but once the vocalist enters, it's back to the drudgery of sludge.

"The Earth at Its Knees" Horrible barrages of guitar and drums dominate the mix, and the vocalist is still pretending it's Halloween but can't clear his throat enough to say "Trick or treat, kids- would you like some cheese and crackers?"

"Soullessness Embraced" This is actually one of the better tracks, because even though it retains its almost-constant nastiness, it has a good introduction with some enjoyably distorted bass.

"Everything Is Fire" While the dual guitar is interesting, the machine gun double bass drumming is altogether pointless- I fail to see how this adds anything to the composition besides making it "more metal." It is an exercise to sit through it, but as I mentioned in my opening paragraph, others may enjoy this noisy onslaught.

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 Everything Is Fire by ULCERATE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.32 | 8 ratings

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Everything Is Fire
Ulcerate Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Everything is Fire is the second full-length studio album by New Zealand progressive death metal act Ulcerate. Lead vocalist Ben Read and guitarist Michael Rothwell who were new in the linup on the debut album Of Fracture and Failure (2007) have already left Ulcerate again and Everything is Fire was recorded as a three-piece with bassist Paul Kelland also taking over the vocal duties, Michael Hoggard playing all guitars and Jamie Saint Merat manning the drumkit.

The lineup changes will have some effect on Ulcerateīs style but the music on Everything is Fire is unmistakably the sound of Ulcerate. The dissonant chords and notes played by the guitars and the chaotic technical drumming are trademarks in the groupīs sound. The new things on this album compared to the debut is that Ulcerate incorporate some slow post metal sounding parts into their brutal death metal. The pace is generally slower than on the debut making Everything is Fire a darker and more heavy album. The vocals by Paul Kelland are unfortunately not as powerful and varied as the vocals by former vocalist Ben Read and thatīs a real shame as Ben Readīs contributions to the debut were considerable and a real asset to Ulcerateīs sound. Paul Kellandīs deep guttural growling style doesnīt set itself apart from thousands of other death metal vocalists and while they are not bad they are certainly monotone and a bit tiring IMO. The music on the album is of high quality though and the vocals are not downright annoying just a bit trivial so my impression of the album is still very positive. There are eight songs on Everything is Fire all between 5 and 8 minutes long. Like on the debut you shouldnīt expect too many melodic or instantly memorable parts on the album but the songs win after repeated listens.

The production is a bit darker than the production on the debut. It suits the songs well and makes Everything is Fire an even heavier album than it already is. The vocals are a bit low in the mix which is a typical post metal feature and I wonder if the post metal elements in the music has also influenced the production.

Everything is Fire is a great second album by Ulcerate. While there are many recognizable elements that gives away the fact that this is an Ulcerate album there are enough new features on the album to set it apart from the debut in a positive way. I canīt say Iīm happy about the shift on the lead vocalist spot though but I guess itīs a matter of taste. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved.

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