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Incantation - Scapegoat

No Scapegoat Necessary - 79%

televiper11, November 26th, 2013
Written based on this version: 2010, 7" vinyl, Ibex Moon Records (Limited edition, Picture disc)

This limited edition 7" from Incantation features two left-over tracks from their previous full-length, Primordial Domination, though you wouldn't know they were left-overs from hearing them. Since starting Ibex Moon Records, John McIntee has graced us with several little releases like this and each one proves that the well of his songwriting ability seem inexhaustible.

"Sacrificial Sanctification" is slow, gloomy, and martial in its tempo once the drums kick full in. They build on this for a few minutes before abandoning it for twisted fast riffs and jerky blasting. Incantation loves to leave listeners in a lurch like this yet somehow it works. There's a heavy chugging breakdown midway through that I love and John McEntee belts out a few high screams to match his usual gutturals. The track ends rather abruptly and isn't as fully finished as the namesake track is.

"Scapegoat" is fuckin' killer: the riffs are dense coiled beasts and Kyle Severn's blasts are slightly off-time, giving the track a slightly shambolic feel, really off-kilter yet also supremely headbangable. There's a sick doom slowdown too and John's vocals go really low there to match the dying pang vibe. The tracks just kinda dies out like someone slowly drawing their last ragged breaths.

Sadly the production isn't so great on this: kinda boxy and a little too lo-fi. The guitars are really buried in the mix, which obscures how dope the riffs can be. Drums and vocals totally dominate. A few tweaks and this could've sounded really killer but it rules well enough for a quick-release single -- one worth tracking down if you're a crazy Incantation fan.