Incantation
Vanquish in Vengeance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
December 10th, 2012 | 104 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And after all these years…

If you needed them, forget about your OSDM revival acts (Funeral Whore and Father Befouled just to name a couple from this year alone) Vanquish In Vengeance is here to turn heads and re-affirm that the vintage death metal sound is still alive and kicking, enough so that’ll ensure Incantation’s name on the metal scene for many more years to come. After a six year wait between full-lengths Incantation triumphantly return with their typical brand of death metal. Keep in mind that these guys are not trying to ‘revive’ that particular type of death metal rather their just doing what they have been doing all these years. Coming in twenty years after the debut Onward to Golgotha Incantation still manage to hit the listener – hard, proving there’s nothing quite like hearing a traditional although not unique (especially not anymore) sound. One things listeners’ may notice, compared to the band’s other releases this album has moved with the times in production and lost its murky sinister and raw-er sound. This works both ways for the listener, negatively in a way that listeners have lost a part of that signature raw bare bones sound but also positively in a way that the album itself has become almost accessible. Chances are you still won’t find this in any conventional music store but the rather clear production allows for a higher replay value from those that aren’t complete elitists.

Looking past the production it’s easy to see that the fundamental Incantation is still there. However, the music has shifted if only minimally. Tracks have taken a more mid tempo aesthetic without compromising this nihilistic, dank and frankly – ‘pissed off’ sound that is Vanquish In Vengeance. John McEntee’s mid to low guttural roar punches through the listeners’ senses in a way that could only be mastered by the likes of former Incantation front man Craig Pillard, but three releases in John sounds very much the fitting component in Vanquish In Vengeance’s balls deep sound. Thankfully, Incantation can still create an atmosphere to aid in the album’s overall quality. The guitars are prominent in the record clearly defined by powerful riffs reminiscent of the band’s earlier work but thankfully these guys aren’t afraid to add a lick or solo to the mix, not because they can (well I guess they can because they did) but to also provide a level of contrast to keep things interesting. This fifty two minute titan displays an Incantation of their glory days, even if the record itself doesn’t have the same impact or punch as their first few releases. It’s clear from Vanquish In Vengeance’s ten tracks that these veterans still have something to offer. Guttural vocals, feedback laced guitars and some really consistent drum work (although for the most part the drums take a back seat to the rhythm section from the guitars) keep the album moving forward without showing the potential for this to be a repetitive listen.

Vanquish In Vengeance pounds through its ten tracks with ease and before you know it the album’s at an end. With tracks varying from three minutes to the eleven and a half minute closer ‘Legion of Dis’ listeners would have to be pretty nit-picky to find a dull moment. From the faster paced ‘From Hollow Sands’ where blast beats push through the riffs to the albums opener ‘Invoked Infinity’ which highlights the vein in which the album will take, tracks flow into the next and proceed in roughly the same crunching manner. Incantation are back to hold their spot on the vintage death metal scene. The band may have moved into the 21st century in terms of the album’s production but it takes very little away from a solid death metal record coming just before the New Year. For fans of the genre and especially the band Vanquish In Vengeance is a must. Listeners’ can forget the revival acts and instead go for the real deal.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Available on iTunes : ] m/

MO
December 10th 2012


18991 Comments


siiick, good stuff man

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have you heard this yet MetallicOpeth? One of the easiest reviews I've written for a 2012 album.

MO
December 10th 2012


18991 Comments


yeaa heavy osdm, very solid album

MichaelSnoxall
December 10th 2012


12163 Comments


Sweet, will check this out. Love some Incantation, but this'll be the first album out of their newer stuff I've listened to.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been waiting for this to release for close to 3 months now, Haven't stopped blasting this in the car for the last week-ish.

CaptainDooRight
December 10th 2012


30239 Comments


i enjoyed ur rev, pos

still have yet to hear the album in full but the few tracks I've heard were excellent

Ire
December 10th 2012


41820 Comments


rob g

ShadowRemains
December 10th 2012


21323 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rob h

ShadowRemains
December 10th 2012


21323 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

incantation = autopsy amirite

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2012


4453 Comments


Good review, man. POS'd.

Eclecticist
December 10th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man and I agree that they don't quite fit the mold of OSDM anymore. Probably because the band is continuing on with the same style but technology (their equipment and studio production quality) have evolved around them but they continue to remain in their same niche style.

HitlerIsPissed
December 10th 2012


411 Comments


first release since Diabolical that i didnt get bored at some point.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, and clockwork when I get on a roll I get a few reviews going but chances are when they stop that could be it for a few days.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 10th 2012


7122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys, and clockwork when I get on a roll I get a few reviews going but chances are when they stop that could be it for a few days.

Wizard
December 10th 2012


19607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

incantation = autopsy amirite

Are you high or am I missing something? Maybe their newest releases might have a bit of a similarity but that's pushing it.

Great review, found this to be the weakest in their discog.

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TBliss2
December 10th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album, great review

FrozenVain
December 10th 2012


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, dude! I also enjoyed this. Haven't listen enough, but I'm pretty sure it's a 4 or at least a 3.5.

"incantation = autopsy amirite"

What Wizard said.


demigod!
December 10th 2012


45003 Comments


need to get this omg. is it streaming anywhere?

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KILL
December 10th 2012


72086 Comments


metal

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