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Incantation - Scapegoat

Scapegoat in Sacrificial Sanctification - 55%

Petrus_Steele, January 4th, 2021
Written based on this version: 2010, 7" vinyl, Ibex Moon Records (Limited edition, Picture disc)

The two outtakes of Primordial Domination saw the light of day four years after said record. This is the second time they’ve released outtakes from the records they respectively recorded sessions on (or for). Not sure why that long holdup, but you could say these two are pretty neat songs missing from the entire record, despite their short lengths. Unfortunately, this is also the last release of Joey Lombard before he passed away, so you can consider this single as a farewell release of sort.

Scapegoat forcefully starts blasting, and it provides such brutality all the way through the end. John sounds even more brutal than he usually sounds. The fast guitar riffs show a bit of patterns and sound excellent. And the drums... it makes you question why this song in particular was missing from the record. Sacrificial Sanctification is a little traditional and wasn’t to my likes as much, but the vocal performance is fantastic; the transition from the deep growls to the screams.

Time and time again, it’s John who takes the cake. But with this release, I’m wondering if he was missing link in the beginning. What if he would’ve done the vocals since day one? I’m sure Incantation would’ve sounded better; perhaps different too, but these songs showcase this may be a sort of rebirth to the vocals for future releases. Now, it’s not the best release, but it does confirm a thing or two, as long as the band maintains it.