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* NiceGuy: The band as a whole, and especially Bob and Ross have an established reputation for being some of the nicest, most upstanding people in metal. Bands, promoters, venue staff, studio personnel, fans, you name it - if they have met them, they will cite them as some of the most genuine people in the scene.

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* CareerEndingInjury: Part of why Bill Taylor left. His personal problems were the main issue, but he also had increasingly severe back problems that were negatively affecting his ability to even play, let alone tour.


* ReligionRantSong: Their general lyrical focus, though in a more mature manner than is typically seen in the genre. They also began to focus on world issues as well starting at around the release of ''Harnessing Ruin'', realizing that the world, not just religion, was messed up.

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* ReligionRantSong: Their general lyrical focus, though in a more mature manner than is typically seen in the genre. They also began to focus on world issues as well starting at around the release of ''Harnessing Ruin'', ''Unholy Cult'', realizing that the world, not just religion, was messed up.



* TechnicalDeathMetal: Debatably so; their arrangements are certainly incredibly complex and demanding, but they carry less of an "aiming to be technical" vibe and more of a "this is how I write" vibe.

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* TechnicalDeathMetal: Debatably so; their arrangements are certainly incredibly complex and demanding, but they carry less of an "aiming to be technical" vibe and more of a "this is how I we write" vibe.

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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Craig Smilowski and Alex Hernandez were both known for their aggressive and powerful playing styles. Subverted with Steve Shalaty, who is a far more relaxed and subtle player (more than likely owing to his jazz background).


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* {{Determinator}}: Their seriousness and dedication was what convinced Alex Hernandez to join; the day that they were supposed to audition him was the day that a ''massive'' blizzard slammed that area, and Hernandez was totally prepared to call it off only to have them show up right at his door while the snow was piling up outside.

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* NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer: The chain of events that resulted in Steve Shalaty gaining a spiral fracture was so ridiculous that the band felt a need to state in an interview that yes, that was how it actually happened. Steve is a very active person, so you'd think that he fucked himself up while exercising. Nope. Instead, he accidentally stepped on a wasp nest, panicked, jumped away, happened to land the worst way possible, and badly fractured his ankle, necessitating months of physical therapy and setting ''Atonement'' back by at least half a year.


* EpicRocking: The title tracks off ''Close to a World Below'' and ''Unholy Cult'' both top eight minutes. "The Struggle of Hope and Horror", off ''Hope and Horror'', clocks in at 7:21.

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* EpicRocking: The title tracks off ''Close "Close to a World Below'' and ''Unholy Cult'' both top eight minutes. Below" (8:19), "Unholy Cult" (8:02), "The Struggle of Hope and Horror", off ''Hope Horror" (7:21), "My Own Enemy" (6:52), "Failures for Gods" (6:25), "Son of Iniquity" (6:12), and Horror'', clocks in at 7:21."Bring Them Down" (6:06).


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* {{Instrumentals}}: "The Struggle of Hope and Horror".

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* IAmTheBand: Bob Vigna is the sole songwriter and also writes the drum parts, though he does allow Steve to make edits and add his own flair.


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* PintsizedPowerhouse: Bob Vigna and Ross Dolan.


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* SingingVoiceDissonance: Ross Dolan's extremely distinctive mid-ranged roar stands in stark contrast to his rather high and nasally speaking voice.


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* BadassBeard: Bob Vigna sports one that, when combined with the BaldOfAwesome, makes him look like either [[Film/FlashGordon Ming the Merciless]] or Anton [=LaVey=].

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* BadassBeard: Bob Vigna sports one that, when combined with the BaldOfAwesome, makes him look like either [[Film/FlashGordon [[Film/FlashGordon1980 Ming the Merciless]] or Anton [=LaVey=].

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* AscendedExtra: Alex Bouks was a longtime friend of the band who was already known for his work in Goreaphobia and Incantation well before he replaced Bill Taylor.


Formed in Yonkers, New York in 1986 under the name of Rigor Mortis by Andrew Sakowicz (vocals, bass), and Dave Wilkinson (drums), the early installment of the band released a few demos before changing their name to Immolation in 1988. The initial lineup of this new iteration was Ross Dolan (vocals, bass), Robert "Bob" Vigna and Tom Wilkinson (guitars), and Neal Boback (drums); after a pair of demos, Boback left the following year and was replaced by Craig Smilowski, creating the lineup that would go on to release ''Dawn of Possession'' in 1991 to rave reviews and a great deal of attention. For various reasons (primarily their unceremonious ejection from Roadrunner), however, five years came and went with no real progress beyond a demo compilation until a deal was inked with Metal Blade Records that resulted in the release of ''Here in After'' in 1996, though Smilowski was ejected sometime around then as well [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave due to his habit of crashing on Vigna's couch for weeks at a time without paying rent]], and Alex Hernandez was soon hired as his replacement. ''Failures for Gods'' followed in 1999, along with ''Close to a World Below'' in 2000. Wilkinson left the following year and was quickly replaced by Bill Taylor of Music/{{Angelcorpse}} and Acheron fame, and with that, the ''Unholy Cult'' lineup was born. Hernandez, in turn, left the following year and was replaced by Steve Shalaty, with a live DVD soon following and ''Harnessing Ruin'' coming out in 2005. Things have stayed quite solid since then, with a steady array of quality albums and tours having taken place, and it seems clear that things will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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Formed in Yonkers, New York in 1986 under the name of Rigor Mortis by Andrew Sakowicz (vocals, bass), and Dave Wilkinson (drums), the early installment of the band released a few demos before changing their name to Immolation in 1988. The initial lineup of this new iteration was Ross Dolan (vocals, bass), Robert "Bob" Vigna and Tom Wilkinson (guitars), and Neal Boback (drums); after a pair of demos, Boback left the following year and was replaced by Craig Smilowski, creating the lineup that would go on to release ''Dawn of Possession'' in 1991 to rave reviews and a great deal of attention. For various reasons (primarily their unceremonious ejection from Roadrunner), however, five years came and went with no real progress beyond a demo compilation until a deal was inked with Metal Blade Records that resulted in the release of ''Here in After'' in 1996, though Smilowski was ejected sometime around then as well [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave due to his habit of crashing on Vigna's couch for weeks at a time without paying rent]], and Alex Hernandez was soon hired as his replacement. ''Failures for Gods'' followed in 1999, along with ''Close to a World Below'' in 2000. Wilkinson left the following year and was quickly replaced by Bill Taylor of Music/{{Angelcorpse}} and Acheron fame, and with that, the ''Unholy Cult'' lineup was born. Hernandez, in turn, left the following year and was replaced by Steve Shalaty, with a live DVD soon following and ''Harnessing Ruin'' coming out in 2005. Things have stayed quite solid since then, with a steady array of quality albums and tours having taken place, and it seems clear that things will stay that way for the foreseeable future. Indeed, literally the only major change was in 2016, when Taylor left and was replaced by Alex Bouks.



* LongRunnerLineUp: Their current lineup reached type 2 status in 2013.

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* LongRunnerLineUp: Their current The Dolan/Vigna/Taylor/Shalaty lineup reached type 2 status was a Type 2, having stayed the same for thirteen years until Taylor left in 2013.2016.

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* ''Atonement'' (2017)


* ThePeteBest: Neal Boback.


* HeyItsThatGuy: Yes, Dolan and Vigna are indeed part of the live lineup of Gospel of the Witches, and Dolan also had some vocal contributions on ''Salem's Wounds''.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Yes, Dolan and Vigna are indeed part of the live lineup of Gospel of the Witches, and Dolan also had some vocal contributions on ''Salem's Wounds''.

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