Incantation
Onward to Golgotha


4.5
superb

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
April 29th, 2010 | 577 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Onward To Golgotha is a monolithic album. Not in the sense that it’s particularly lengthy or emotional but that it is just flat-out heavy, with muffled riffs that make for impressive fodder on which the sheer power of this album just piles up. The sporadic, almost random guitar solos tear away from the mash of distorted chords and chugging rhythms and usher in a sense of chaotic urgency which often makes its way back into the verse riffs. Indeed, this tendency for the riffs to go from a virtual crawl to a breakneck, albeit slick groove is a wonderful virtue that can be directly attributed to the songwriting ability of Incantation to write memorable death metal songs while not being terribly progressive. To be honest, given the quality of Onward To Golgotha, I don’t really want anything besides the onslaught of high-quality death metal that is displayed here.

Standing alongside Suffocation and Immolation at the forefront of the New York death metal scene, Incantation have a knack for creating, through a combination of musicianship, atmosphere, and songwriting, an unrelenting album in terms of heaviness, but also a memorable one that will leave you craving more. The guttural vocals are, quite simply, a perfect match for the grinding guitars and the low-end plucking of the bass, creating a sinister aura about the album which helps drive home just how smooth everything is on Onward To Golgotha. The transitions are fluid and barely noticeable, but prevalent enough that the music never becomes stagnant, because before a riff has had enough time to overstay its welcome, another equally impressive one is brought in or the guitars break out into one of the many short but excellent solos. It’s this constant shifting which makes the album as impressive as it is, because the staggering number of awesome riffs present here keeps you biting at the chain for the next one to work its way into the picture. Whether it’s the plodding drum beats backing a resonating chain of chords like in “Unholy Massacre” or the frantic vocals in “Golgotha” that mask the frantic picking of the guitars and bass, every song has something noteworthy to offer.

A brilliant album in its own right, and easily one of the best releases out of the New York death metal scene, Onward To Golgotha is an album any death metal fan knows and loves. It’s Incantation at their very finest, putting on a show of impressive death metal that neither disappoints nor relents. For the entire running time, the album is just a wall of violent guitar riffs and truly awesome vocals. The dense, heavy atmosphere is rife with excellent performances from each instrument, and the songwriting leaves behind a full album of enjoyable songs. While not complete perfection or particularly innovative, Onward To Golgotha is a must-hear for anyone who wants to listen to quality death metal that delivers on everything an album in this vein could promise.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Another brilliant death metal album that didn't have a review.

ShadowRemains
April 29th 2010


21573 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

will look into this soon, sounds good

....where's rasputin? lol

rasputin
April 29th 2010


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i was actaully going to review this but prob not now

not giving this 5/5 is sickening


....where's rasputin? lol

lololololOLOLOLOllolololLOLOLOLO

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i was actaully going to review this but prob not now

Feel free man I know how much you like this album haha and it would benefit from a 5/5 review.

ShadowRemains
April 29th 2010


21573 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

...and there he is...lol

succuibus
April 29th 2010


54 Comments


lol 4

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Borderline 4.5 tbh, will probably end up being bumped in the near future.

negnegneg

Ulsufyring
April 29th 2010


1724 Comments


rasputin is too krieg for sputnik reviews man

rasputin
April 29th 2010


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

rasputin is too krieg for sputnik reviews man

was gonna post an aidan baker review today but now im not gunna

ShadowRemains
April 29th 2010


21573 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I pos'd, IDK who neg'd

BigTuna
April 29th 2010


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who the hell negged this?

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

ShadowRemains
April 29th 2010


21573 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

wow, do people know what a good review is these days?

TheSpirit
April 29th 2010


18002 Comments


chances are its for reason unrelated to the review

Digging: The Speed of Sound in Seawater - Red Version

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's sputnik that's what happens here.

rasputin
April 29th 2010


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

prob because it's not 5/5

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2010


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

brb changing the rating to 5/5

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010


17230 Comments


album is so good. conquest is my favorite of theirs tho.

rasputin
April 30th 2010


14555 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

gonna listen to this the rest of the day to make up for all you weewees

jingledeath
April 30th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

gonna listen to this and diabolical congkwest in a bit

mellany macabre
April 30th 2010


115 Comments


brutal riffs dude



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