Having moved completely under my radar until then, Immolation very effectively caught my attention in 2010 with 'Majesty and Decay', a powerhouse of a death metal album. I'd claim that the title track of said album was THE death metal tune of 2010. An absolute killer! The album, by the way, was backed by an extremely convincing live performance at the 2010 Aalborg Metal Festival. That was really something.
In comparison, 'Kingdom of Conspiracy' doesn't quite have the obvious hit song, although Serving Divinity comes close, but as you can tell from the rating above, this is not amateur work by any means!
On the contrary, the ninth album by the death metal veterans is a brutal force from the outset. The title track of the album sets the bar high with a furious display of technicality and speed. It's fairly obvious that no prisoners will be taken, although songs like God Complex and The Great Sleep see Immolation taking the tempo down a wee bit. Especially The Great Sleep is a majestic piece of mid-tempo death metal with lots of atmosphere.
I wouldn't say that there are many surprises as such, but this is such high quality brutality that it's hard not to love it. One little gem I'd like to mention is the fantastic and atypical groove buried inside the tune Indoctrinate. Infectious shit!