(This is Vonlughlios‘ review of the new album by the Thai brutal death metal band Biomorphic Engulfment, which will be released on March 31 by Show No Mercy Records, with cover art by Paolo Girardi.)
We are into March and so far there have been some great BDM releases. I am excited to see what the upcoming months have in store for the genre. But I know about one of them already — the debut album by Thailand’s Biomorphic Engulfment, Incubation in the Parallel Dimension, which is set to be released by Show No Mercy Records on March 31st.
The project was born in 2015 under the name Parasitic Infestation until they changed it in 2017 to their current banner. They released the following year a one-song demo called “Pestilent Microparasitic Domination” that at the time I did not get the chance to listen to (which I now regret).
Flash forward to 2020 when the label announced the release of their debut album with the cover art done by the one and only Paolo Girardi, and that alone got us excited. In addition, the musicians involved in this project are well known in the Thailand scene (and other parts of the BDM world) for their other projects, such as Ecchymosis, Tortures Animals, Cadavoracity, Splattered Orgasm, Urged, and Genocidal Sodomy, just to name a few, and that heightened anticipation.
Of course, sometimes you can put a bunch of talented musicians together and the end result is not what you had hoped for. But that is not the case here. They’ve given us a release that showcases their abilities to the extreme (in a good way). They were able to put out a marvelous release that embodies BDM in a very special way that fans can appreciate. From the starting note, you get sucked into their vortex of complexity, which is filled with changes and blast beats to make you jump for joy.
The production is key here, as it allows each of the components to stand out on their own but to come together beautifully in each of the eight songs, whose titles give you an idea of their lyrical content, which is somehow refreshing and different to some extent. One of my favorite things here are the drums, which are fast, precise, and handled with no mercy, along with vocals that have great patterns designed to give the tracks extra punch. The riffs are cutting and of course an integral part of the overall sound, which is just perfect for the album.
This new album has blown me away and I am sure that it will continue to be part of my music rotation in the future. I would not be surprised to find it on year-end lists for 2021. Sure, we are in the early months of 2021 and more releases will come, but this is so good that I expect it to stand among the best of those which have been and will be released.