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Consistency, thy name Incantation - 82%

orphy, July 11th, 2007

Incantation is a band that's always been known for integrity and consistence. Over the span of their near two decade career, the band has released seven full lengths, a few EPs, and done more touring than most bands old and new have ever done. In short, Incantation is probably the hardest working band in metal. So, has all that hard work paid off with their newest offering, "Primordial Domination"?

Just one listen will convince fans old and new that Incantation is still releasing killer material. This album features all the key ingredients to any Incantation album... unholy death metal riffs, trudging doom metal sections, pummelling scissor blast beats, astounding finger played bass work, and vocals spewing forth blasphemy. Yup, everything one would expect to hear in an Incantation album is here.

This album is essentially "Decimate Christendom Part 2", which in turn was "Blasphemy Part 2". The same line up is here as was on "Decimate Christendom". First, let's get into the song writing. The album opens up with an instrumental jam which turns out to be a good way to intro the album, something Incantation has never done to open up an album before. It reminds me of one of the endings to a song on "Blasphemy" where they just play some drawn out chords and build on it in signature Incantation style. The next song opens up with an incredibly memorable riff, and from there on in, it kicks some pretty heavy ass! There are quite a lot of great tracks on here, some feature more slower parts like "Dissolute Rule/Begin Apocalypse", where others like "Lead To Desolation" feature total ripping riffs that turn out to be really catchy. In fact, "Lead To Desolation" would probably make a great single, and is much in the same vein as the song "Dying Divinity" from the last album.

John McEntee handles vocals once again, and while his stamina appears to be improved from the previous album, the pitch of his voice appears to be a bit higher. Of course, this is no real problem as it sounds much like any Incantation vocalist after Craig Pillard was in the band. I should also comment on Joe Lombard's playing on this album, as it is as tight as ever. It is a real shame he is no longer with the band, as he seemed to be an active part of the lyrical aspect as well as playing a role in the song writing department. His lyrics are much like McEntee's: short, descriptive, and sweet. Kyle Severn's blasting is as sharp as ever, and McEntee's riffs are the same as always: diminished, evil, and twisted! His lead playing is also a treat to hear, as he ends up pulling off some very effective work.

The production on the album is very fitting. Everything can be heard clear without being overdone at all. In fact, it sounds like the recording was relatively simple. No triggers, no bullshit, you know these guys played these songs with a lot of energy. A definite plus, and what one would expect from Incantation. The production is on par with the last few albums for sure.

There is nothing that Incantation can do wrong. From their full on death metal speed, to their doom sections, to the overall arrangements of the songs, this is an excellent record. This won't win them any new fans, but it certainly won't make them loose any. If you've liked any of their albums since "Diabolical Conquest", this album will click instantly. It is evident that Incantation will never release a bad album.