Incantation
Mortal Throne of Nazarene


4.5
superb

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
February 9th, 2010 | 126 replies | 14,896 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Death/ Doom pioneers intend on showing Christianity how blasphemy is really done.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

"If God be for us, who can be against us?"

- Romans 8:31

If Pennsylvania’s Incantation had anything to do with putting up an argument against this, I would say they’ve won with their under-appreciated and savagely brutal sophomore effort Mortal Thrones of Nazarene. Incantation are all about the middle finger to Jesus Christ and spraying blasphemous intentions to the Christian youth. To put it bluntly to all you death metal fanatics, Incantation are everything great about death/ doom metal and have been proving this from 1992s Onward to Golgotha all the way through to 2006s Primordial Domination. This unique take of the two styles may have come years before them, but they still remain unmatched in their given territory and continue to pump out quality releases today. However, going through Incantations discography, Mortal Thrones of Nazarene seems to stand out amongst their quality outputs in terms of musical diversity and overall thematic concept.

Not to sound like a broken record, but Incantation play up old school death metal better than most brutal death metal bands (past and present) and know how to spin some variation into the mix with doomy passages that seem to make the listening experience satisfyingly agonizing. Opening crusher “Demonic Incarnate” demonstrates this contrast perfectly, attacking the listener on a multitude of tempo changes, varying from a speedy guitar prance intro to a gapping cavern of darkness when they decide to slow things down to halt. What’s also great about these sudden contrasts in tempo is that it offers many surprises in song variation, never allowing themselves to just play a million miles a second that so many death metal bands relied upon during this time period. From here on in, each song utilizes a great combination of these elements and mixes them up to a point where every song can be distinguished from one another, yet they somehow manage to stay cohesive as a whole listening experience. When the focus is taken away from the drop-of-a-hat tempo changes and face smashing riffs that are full of beefy muscle and filthy leads, it’s the lyrics of Incantation founder John McEntee and vocalist Craig Pillard who know how to bring hell to your listening pleasure. Crucifying Jesus several times over with a razor sharp mind to lyrics, their concept roughly outlines the downfall of religion and the pain to those who worship the Son of God Himself. Lyrical excerpts can’t do this evil album justice, but here is great example of why they shine (burn in hell) over most death metal vocalists intent on summoning Satan:

”Trembling diabolic possession of the now extracted, dreary soul/ Chaotic inhibition, eternal visions of blasphemy real./ Ancient tongues recite northward/ Infernal praise as thunderous tides enshroud/ Apocalyptic threshold/ Demons in my flesh/ I am now reborn”

If only most satanic death metal bands could write lyrical passages as well as these guys (once again, lyrical excerpts do this band no justice, just read the lyrics for yourself), maybe one day Satanism could be taken a bit more seriously and thus, a serious war between heaven and hell could be fought. Up until then, I will be satisfied with this masterpiece; truly one of the greatest death/ doom metal albums ever created. Incantation have only grown more mature with time and Mortal Thrones of Nazarene really showcases their progressing song-writing capabilities. Hail Satan and wave your middle finger to Jesus because Incantation wouldn’t have it any other way.



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Wizard
February 9th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't intend this to be so outwardly anti-religious, but these guys do it to me. Sorry for the meh review, just listen to this awesomeness!

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2010



17204 Comments


I only have Onward to Golgotha, I'll be needing to pick this up

Wizard
February 9th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my favourite by them.

Thought this review might draw in a crowd from the death metal camp. Guess I was wrong hahahaha.

pizzamachine
February 9th 2010



12571 Comments


Noooooo not another anti-religious band! Still, 4.5 is pretty high so I'll take your word for it. Also liking this sentence:
"doomy passages that seems to make the listening experience satisfyingly agonizing"
pos worthy for sure!

Wizard
February 9th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And that sentence has an error in it hahahha should be "seem". Thanks alot dude, if you like death metal, you will undoubtedly enjoy this.

FistfulOfSteel
February 9th 2010



894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this, Diabolical Conquest and Onward to Golgotha are TOPS.

Wizard
February 9th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw your rating for this Bolton and I knew you would poke your head around here. By the way, Office Space is one of my favourite movies.

FistfulOfSteel
February 9th 2010



894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

only really gotten into these guys in the past few months, but so awesome.

+1 for Office Space, one of my faves too haha

Wizard
February 9th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Is your name really Michael Bolton? hahahahaha

FistfulOfSteel
February 9th 2010



894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i wish dude. but if it was, the singer would hafta change his name cause he's the one who sucks.

qwe3
February 9th 2010



21355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

incantation rules so hard. haven't got this album though. need to fix that

great review as always wiz

Relinquished
February 9th 2010



24852 Comments


sick review bro, like the verse you used in the intro.

TheSpirit
February 9th 2010



17626 Comments


Great review Karl. Even though i haven't heard much from these guys, i'm proud they still came from lil ol' PA.

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Dryden
February 9th 2010



12928 Comments


awsome

Wizard
February 9th 2010



19296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sick review bro, like the verse you used in the intro.

I thought it would be appropriate.

Thanks for the kind words guys. Album rules and if you haven't heard this beast, you haven't wined n' dined with Satan.

Grimlin
February 10th 2010



839 Comments


Had this on the pod, so I listened for the first time while reading your review. I've only listened to Onward and Diabolical, and yeah this one is just as good as them. I really need to listen to the rest of their stuff. So far they've been super consistent.

DBlitz
February 10th 2010



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea fantastic album, nice review.

rasputin
February 10th 2010



14538 Comments


despite the fact i prefer diabolical conquest and golgotha, this is definitely up there in the band's discog. and it's definitely one of the best death metal albums i've heard. awesome review as well karl.

jingledeath
February 10th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review and album are both fantastic

Piglet
February 10th 2010



4653 Comments


idk i want this but i have a feeling that i might regret it.



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