Review by Adam M on September 24, 2019.
It’s been a while since Disillusion released an album, so I had pretty high expectations when listening to this new recording. My lofty expectations were pretty much met with the recording even though I think it could be improved upon. The band serves up similar melodic death metal bliss to their first and best recording Back to Times of Splendour more than the strange direction that Gloria took. The result is a very vibrant and beautiful sounding work that uses dynamics like an old Opeth recording and to the best extent possible. There are moments of crushing bliss, but also more subdued elements that make for a varied recording.
The music is very melodic, but has a very traditional aspect that makes it sound more like the debut than the second album. It is also different than a lot of albums from the melodic death metal genre because of a distinctive sound that only this band contains. It is slightly more progressive in nature than many bands from the genre and has more intricate and deep song structures. The vocalist still sounds somewhat nasal, but this suits the nature of the music quite well. All in all, the various elements come together to create a nice sounding recording that fits nicely into the band’s discography. The problem with the album comes out when compared directly to the band’s first album. This style has thus been done before and better by the same band. Thus the impact of the album is greatly lessened when taken in the same context as their debut.
It’s still a great album with a lot of interesting and challenging elements in it, but it doesn’t overtake the best the band is capable of producing. I really appreciate the return to the original sound of the band and not going out on any weird tangents this time around. The Liberation is an album melodic death metal fans will undeniably eat up.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10