Thursday, March 18, 2010
Incantation's debut LP is, quite simply, the best death metal album ever. The first time I heard them was on a Relapse Records compilation album - and it's been a love/hate relationship ever since. They've had fantastic albums like the above and Upon The Throne Of The Apocalypse; and then they've had CDs of utter swill as generic as any nameless band in the death metal scene. Fuck that new shit, don't be fooled into thinking Onward To Golgotha is anything but incredible. Huge, grinding riffs, gurgling vocals before the "ree, ree" took over everything, double bass and enough evil and Satanism without sounding hokey or schtick. Incantation redefined a genre saturated with too many Obituary and Cannibal Corpse clones. Enjoy the doom.