You just can't get anymore straight forward OSDM than this album - no frills, no tricks, just straight ahead punishing death metal from 92. It takes a few listens to really digest how much is going on rythmically with this album - the rapid tempo changes, break-downs, speed breaks - it's all so fluid you may not notice the first couple times through. Of all the DM coming out of the early ninties, Incantation are one of the few that satisfy every genre staple while somehow maintaining originality. And few albums embody pure aural punishment better than this one.
While i've never loved Incantation nearly as much as the other two major death metal bands from New York (Suffocation and Immolation), there's absolutely no denying that this is an absolutely fantastic album. This is crushingly evil, suffocating death metal. The riffs are excellent, a mix between evocative tremolo-picked riffs and crushing doom riffing, and the songs are superbly put together. The musicianship is tight and focused, perfect in executing this sound, and Craig Pillard's gutterals sound like they came from hell itself.rThis is not an obviously catchy album - this takes a lot of time to really sink in. But let it, and you'll eventually love it.