Chuck Schuldiner Project

Monday, August 7, 2017

Incantation - Profane Nexus

Twenty five years and eleven albums into their career Incantation are creating some of their best music to date. With their return to Relapse Records the bands latest offering Profane Nexus provides all of the over top death metal insanity that has defined the band for so long. There is a certain manic magic to this record with its crushing wall of sound, devastating growls courtesty of John Mcentee and its willingness to find a natural place in the death metal canon. Incantation crack skulls from top to bottom and remind us again and again why we fell in love with this music in the first place.

I think what's fascinating about Incantation is how goddamn formative they are to the genre. When you hear them break out slow and doomy guitars or devastating breakdowns its not because they are trying to adhere to the tropes, it's because they fucking defined them. In a year where death metal is experiencing a resurgence and the underground scene is stronger than ever Incantation have proven they are still kings. There is something sort of mesmerizing about songs like Omens To The Altar Of Oryx, and there are multiple tracks here that could become key to the bands incredible live set. It's simply that good.

At the end of the day, it's the bands ability to combine knuckle dragging death metal with 80s intensity and a touch of manic technicality that really gets the band to shine. There is a sort of crazed bloodthirsty joy that Incantation gets out of playing that you can't find anywhere else. When the monolithic riffing kicks in on a track like Rites Of The Locust, defined by its swirling solo just as much as its absolutely colossal riffs you remember why you got really into death metal when you were 14 and why you can never escape.

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