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Anyone who heard about Brutal Bands Records knows Scott Ellingboe. Ever since its emergence, Brutal Bands have been putting out some really quality underground brutal death metal releases by bands such as Emeth, Abysmal Torment, Element, Devourment, Insidious Decrepancy, Human Mincer etc. Just like Steve Green of Comatose Music, Scott plays in a band too and it’s really as good as Steve’s projects Lust of Decay and Atrocious Abnormality. In fact it’s better than the later one. Now I’m not comparing those two bands with this; I’m just giving brief background info. First album released through Brutal Bands was also of Incinerate’s Dissecting the Angels back in 2002. I never really got around to checking out that album so I can’t really say anything about that but as far as Anatomize is concerned, I gotta admit this is one of the finest technical brutal death metal albums I ever heard.
Scott on guitar and Jesse Watson on vocals but they needed a percussionist and bassist. So they hired Darren Cesca on drums and Erland Caspersen on bass. Cesca appeared on Goratory, and Pillory releases, while bassist Erlend Caspersen has performed on Emeth and Deeds of Flesh releases. So both newly hired members were masters of their respective jobs. The performance of both these guys speaks for itself. Bass playing of Caspersen is really sumptuous and the drumming of Cesca is adroit. In my opinion when Mr. Cesca is let off the lead and allowed to blast and blast, there aren't many drummers with as good a sound and groove as this guy. Special mention must go to the remaining two members of the band too. Scott’s guitar work is really solid, technical, intense and almost flawless. Watson’s inflated hoarse vocals are varied and brutal with a good range that flows smoothly with the music. Devourment’s Mike Majewski appeared as guest vocals on the song Anathema. Being not a big fan of Majewski’s vocals I’m happy not to make out much of his inhales since they are buried under Watson’s powerful snarls most of the time.
Everything has been played with great precision and technique. One area where Incinerate beat their contemporaries is the clarity in their sound, in particular the guitars. In a sub-genre riddled with murky guitars playing technical riffs it can take the mind power of a supernatural to unravel the mix and figure out what's being played, but Anatomize’s every riff, every chug, every pick of every string can be heard without straining the ear. This is technical brutal death metal, which is relentless in its blasting, ever shifting riffs with complex arrangements, constant barrages of vocals, chunky Suffo breakdowns. Production is nearly perfect which allows the music to have its utmost effect on the listener and not be needlessly coercive. The Brutality of the music is non-stop and the overall sound is also incredibly chaotic.
Please don’t let the cheap cover art fool you. Anatomize is an excellent CD worth buying for yourself and a horde of brutal death metal addicts like you, If you are sick of extreme technical brutality or even sick of reading those two words, you'd best steer clear of Incinerate’s Anatomize then, because it's not your average technical brutal death metal. It’s definitely worthy of your time and consideration which unfortunately is not the case with every album the genre is churning out at the moment.
Well, after an ass load number of close listening to this damn album, Finally I've given myself the right to give this band the credit they deserve!
Incinerate is not your usual pig squealed, drum machined and cheap production shitty brutal death band. What we have here is excellent real drumming, powerful and original death metal vocals, technical guitars and superb bass.
Guitars on this album are excellent. Every riff is written with as much complexity as they could possibly pull off. Beside each riff, the total song construction is mind blowing complex you totally lose the track of a song in like first 20 listens! You never know what's next. They're playing necromantic frenzy tremolo now and the next second you find yourself in the middle of some chunky fat palm mute chords!
Anyway, with all these being said, each song is completely different from another. Each one has a different atmosphere while staying true brutal. you would totally distinguish them from one another.
Bass; I'm speechless on that! Is it Erlend Caspersen in there?! Damn! I almost love whatever he does! he's truly an amazing bass player. Just listen to track 6 "Harvest" between 0:48 and 0:52. Or track 2 "Emissary" 1:33 to 1:45. And that's not all. You have to listen close to the whole thing and you'd be surprised much more. The bass is fine audible and exactly what you will call it "Technical!" 10/10 surely.
Drums are another superb aspect of this album. although he's more likely to blast beat most of the time, this is not the only thing you here in there. He does alot of Toms and stuff. And his blast beats are damn strong, fit, metronomic and right in place. And about his twin pedals? This is what you call laser precise uranium fed robot! Just listen to track 6 "Harvest" 1:51 to 1:53-4. Those are eight 32th notes going right through your fuckin brain light speed!!!
Well, those 32th notes aren't just played on nowhere or somewhere between the album you wouldn't realize. They're played after a monster gives a little speech about how your finger and toe nails pulled from your flesh!!
Yeah, vocals are top notch heavy brutal stuff rarely to be found. He screams in some parts, yea he pig squeals a bit sometimes but believe me it won't get annoying. Pig squeals used only to spice the whole thing up and they're not overused. Rest of the time he's just singing pure fuckin brutal. The lyrical theme is just fitting with the whole thing. Truly wild gore stuff. Not recommended for everyone to read the lyrics! lol!
After all. Production is damn hefty, clean and good. One of the best productions I heard in all brutal death albums. Everything is audible and clear which makes listening to this album a much better experience than any other.
If you like tech brutal death, You'll love this one. Period.