Grotesque
Incantation


5.0
classic

Review

by Clefton X. Rhuberbe III USER (4 Reviews)
September 15th, 2010 | 84 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A masterpiece of black/death/technical/progressive/brutal/extreme/heavy stinking metal

This is simply metal's finest hour. The absolute pinnacle of extreme, Grotesque live up to their name in every way. This album brings metal to an entirely different level, taking blackened deadly madness to its ultimate peak.

Everything about this album is perfect. Drums are loud, hard hitting, and always on point, with just the right amount of technicality. The guitars are hallucinogenic aural chainsaws in the act of raping sanity, featuring wretched psychedelic riffs from dueling mindf*ck practitioners Kristian Wahlin and Alf Svensson (in some of his most interesting work, but unfortunately only present on the first three tracks). The bass holds down the low end rather well and flows along with the drums to fill the sinister rhythm while the guitars shred dimensions to pieces. Tompa's vocals here are arguably his best, a culmination of all the great styles of metal vocals with a unique, harsh, and raspy edge that he would later refine (although the rawness of his vocals here only compliments the songs).

This music transcends words in its overall tone and delivery. It's best described as a summoning of a power that is darker than evil itself and makes Satan look like Jesus Christ. Every second of this album is better than anything you've ever heard, but worthy of special mention is a section in Nocturnal Blasphemies just past the middle of the song where the beat is reduced to a simple stomping pace while the lead guitar plays a repeating hypnotic riff as the rhythm guitar creeps in with one the most twisted riffs in metal. Simply phenomenal.

There is a noticable gap in production between the first three songs, which are more chaotic and psychedelic, and the last two, which have more of a Death influence and are more straightforward but still absolutely decimate mind. All 5 songs appear on the In the Embrace of Evil compilation, but the track order here flows much better.


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ShoeSoup
September 15th 2010


782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

how this was unreviewed is beyond me

BallsToTheWall
September 15th 2010


44786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agree ShoeSoup.

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Raz0rGrind23
September 15th 2010


426 Comments


Yup getting this...Nice, quick, concise review. A few errors but nothing tremendous. Pos'd.

Oneiron
September 15th 2010


195 Comments


So what exactly does this sound like?

ShoeSoup
September 15th 2010


782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this sounds exactly like.... nothing else. it's intense, it's chaotic, it's raw. it will leave an ulcer in your mind and rape it for days afterwards

BallsToTheWall
September 15th 2010


44786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Way too many unnecessary negs. Sounds like death/thrash with some black influence.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2010


8019 Comments


won't neg, but very short for a five. Not very convincing of its supposed classic status

Dryden
September 15th 2010


13120 Comments


rules

SteelErectedb4you8er
September 15th 2010


2618 Comments


This had Tomas and Alf of what would be later known as At the Gates. I can't remember if any of the other guys were in it or not. Good shit, nice review.

ShadowRemains
September 15th 2010


21317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Incantation

brutebeard
September 15th 2010


1655 Comments


Hoarse

ShoeSoup
October 20th 2010


782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

steel, the band also featured kristian wahlin on guitar, the man who did the album cover for 'in the nightside eclipse' among others. grotesque disbanded, but out of its ashes rose 'liers in wait at the gates of silent memory'. due to creative differences, alf and tompa went one way and kristian went another. kristian took the 'liers in wait' part for the name of his own band, likewise for alf/tompa and 'at the gates'

ShoeSoup
January 19th 2011


782 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fucking incredible

pissbore
October 11th 2011


9934 Comments


slays hard as fuck

pissbore
October 11th 2011


9934 Comments


im more of a technical heavy stinking metal kind of guy

pissbore
October 19th 2011


9934 Comments


this is just insane

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2011


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. So awesome.

pissbore
October 19th 2011


9934 Comments


beyond words

ShadowRemains
October 19th 2011


21317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

slays my face

pissbore
October 19th 2011


9934 Comments


it seriously does i mean look at that fuckin demon



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