Released date: May 23rd, 2011
From amongst the abundance of death metal bands surfacing in and around Copenhagen, Denmark, metal hath been blessed with The Cleansing. The sophomore effort from this Danish quintet, a wicked little album called Feeding the Inevitable, has made its way on to my radar. Less than two years after the band’s debut album Poisoned Legacy, the album has been leaving a wake of glorious destruction and mayhem. Allow me to elaborate….
The Cleansing formed from the ashes of the now defunct Usipian back in 2007, and features singer Toke Eld, guitarists Jeppe Hasseriis and Andreas Lynge, Iniquity alumnus Mads Haarløv on bass, and drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen. The band had shared the stage with acts such as Malevolent Creation, Grave, and Obituary whilst getting ready to release the new record. Evidence of the influence of their contemporaries shines on this release. The album was mixed by the band themselves, with the help of Christian Bonde (Icon In Me, Dawn of Demise).
Feeding the Inevitable starts off at full gallop with “The Promethean Promise”. A song highlighted by Sørensen’s lightning speed drumming and Eld’s deep growling vocals, reminiscent of Grave’s Ola Lindgren. Especially enjoyable here is the way the guitars and drums interweave to form a wall of sonic chaos. The track instantaneously managed to aggravate my chronic whiplash.
The punishment continues with “Third Eye Staring”, another breakneck piece that clocks in at just under five minutes. The song shows the band’s versatility on their instruments, highlighted by some great guitar soloing amongst the already complex six string interplay.
Listen to “Third Eye Staring”:
“Your Flesh, Your Curse” begins with some caliginous sounding atmospheric effects, which is one of the only chances the listener receives to catch his/her breath. The track then delves into another lightning speed battering session. An ominous spoken word introduction is followed by call and response style high pitch and low pitch style verses in the vocals. All of this amidst a backdrop of double kick drum cacophony. As with all the previous songs, the guitars and drums are at the forefront of the mix along with the vocals. Featured here is yet another mind blowing dual guitar solo. This one definitely stands out as one of the album’s ultimate high points.
The album ends with “Crossroads”, featuring Koldborn’s Martin Leth Andersen making an appearance on guest vocals. Not surprisingly, the vocals really stand out on this track. Eld and Andersen bring the album to an end with enthusiastic brutality.
On Feeding the Inevitable, The Cleansing succeed in doing just what the band’s name implies, cleansing the listener of banal expectations. Feeding The Inevitable is a caustic bombardment of flesh flaying, soul exposing, brain pulverizing, death metal epicness. Prepare for deliverance.
Highlights: “Your Flesh, Your Curse”, “Third Eye Staring”