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One of the Best OSDM Albums - 99%

__Ziltoid__, April 9th, 2010

Disincarnate is best known as the main band of famous guitarist James Murphy, who has played in other bands such as Death, Obituary, and Testament. They only have one album out, but it’s quite great.

Disincarnate plays a very straightforward, riff-oriented style of death metal with most of the emphasis being on the guitars. The riffs on this album are all of the highest quality, being both brutal, heavy, catchy, and memorable. For example, ‘Monarch Of The Sleeping Marches’ kicks off with a few consecutive great riffs, including a slow one that is just awesome. This is a trend that repeats itself with every track on this album, with these riffs seemingly appearing effortlessly.

Of course, this album is more than riffs. The guitar solos here are simply some of the best-composed solos of the Florida death metal scene. They’re not overly indulgent, nor do the try to play too quickly. Instead, they almost seem like they’re composed to fit perfectly over the consistently great riffs underneath them. Of course, these solos are very melodic, similar to Brutality’s solos, and there is often harmonization that really emphasizes certain solos and gives them that extra emotional sway that really helps establish their place on this album. The best solo on here is probably on ‘In Sufferance’, and it simply slays.

Bass plays a relatively smaller role on this album, but it’s certainly audible and is the foundation for all of the riffs on this album. The drums are also standard fare for death metal, but as with the bass, it is executed perfectly and plays interesting rhythms for each of the many excellent album. This is obviously a guitar-oriented album, as is expected for a project primarily led by a prominent guitarist, and even at that, this is likely what a guitarist would desire old school death metal to sound like. The rhythm section is just there to provide the final support needed.

The vocals are unexpectedly excellent considering that this is a no-name vocalist (Bryan Cegon?) who has never been in another metal band since. He really hits those low guttural growls so well that it’s just perplexing that he didn’t get involved in another band after this. Even the mere sound of his vocals fits so well with the riffs here. This is simply one of the better vocal performances of the Florida death metal scene.

Normally I just analyze the instrumental performances of the albums I’ve reviewd, but for this one, special mention is necessary for the production by Colin Richardson. Not only is everything audible and mixed perfectly, but the guitars sound incredibly crisp and heavy. This album has possibly some of the best production of any death metal album ever made. I own the original 1993 pressing (not the remaster), and it sounds like it could have been made by some big label modern death metal band with a huge budget. This is literally about as good as one can get death metal to sound.

Standout tracks include ‘Stench Of Paradise Burning’, ‘Beyond The Flesh’, ‘In Sufferance’, ‘Monarch Of The Sleeping Marches’, ‘Soul Erosion’, and ‘Confine Of Shadows’. Yes, this album is just that good. All of these songs are laden with addictive and heavy riffs written by a master of death metal.

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