When the name Incantation comes up, there will be nothing around but blasphemous gigantic Death Metal that curses the human soul. With a brief look at the history of Incantation, loads of great Death Metal releases come up that make hellish flames rise from the pits of this unique Death Metal band. “Dirges of Elysium”, as the band’s tenth studio album is nothing short of Incantation’s trademarked, crushing sound.
John McEntee, the only original member remaining in the band, Incantation’s mastermind and the main songwriter knows how to create a blasting occult themed Death Metal album. By judging the album’s cover art (which is done by Eliran Kantor) and by its oil painting technique, which resembles a bit of their first two albums Onward to Golgotha (1992) and Mortal Throne of Nazarene (1994), it would be predictable that the band is still in the right direction in songwriting and will do no wrong in the coming album.
Only two years after the releasing of critically acclaimed “Vanquish in Vengeance”, which showed the band in its finest situation and form, Incantation’s new opus “Dirges of Elysium” came along with the same line-up with John McEntee on guitars and vocals, Kyle Severn on drums, Chuck Sherwood on bass and Alex Bouks on [lead] Guitars. Album opens with the atmospheric and dark instrumental title track “Dirges of Elysium” with some eccentric guitar works continuing to “Debauchery” and “Bastion of a Plague Soul”, which instantly brings the only Incantation that their fans know. Fast-tempo Death Metal filled with blasting drums of Kyle Severn and wrecking guitar works by McEntee and Bouks. Songs like “Carrion Prophecy”, “From a Glaciate Womb” and “Charnel Grounds” show the listeners another side of the album with more dynamic songwriting, switch from fast-paced Death Metal to some heavy slow-paced Doom Metal, which further blackens the heart of the album.
The album closes with the perfect “Elysium (Eternity Is Nigh)” a monstrous 16 minutes long Death Metal mincer. Long Death Metal songs are nothing new to the Incantation camp, an effort that we’ve heard in their previous two albums. “Unto Infinite Twilight/Majesty of Infernal Damnation” from the album “Diabolical Conquest” and “Outro, Part 1” from the album “Blasphemy”, where the last one is just 23 minutes of drone/noise. “Elysium (Eternity Is Nigh)” contains all that the band did in the previous 9 songs, but more focused on slow-paced Doom Metal parts, which completes the construction of a gigantic horrifying Death Metal fortress.
Incantation faced so many line-up changes since the formation of the band. Since 2004 John McEntee takes the double duty position as guitarist/vocalist of the band. His low growls make Incantation’s albums sound as dark and demonic as the previous albums, while his presence through all these years carries the most of the albums’ weight and Incantation’s name.
“Dirges of Elysium” has enough potential to be listed as one of the greatest and darkest Incantation albums ever recorded; ten songs of pure blasphemous and corrosive Death Metal. In ten to fifteen years’ time it would easily be called a “Classic” masterpiece.
by Arash Khosronejad | Twitter: (@arashkh)
Label: Listenable Records
Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 07/04/2014
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