We’re in a quiet, empty café underneath a Brisbane hotel, sitting across from Frank Carter …
From Denver CO, cosmic death metal band Blood Incantation have emerged with Hidden History of the Human Race and with it they have wrought an album of celestial-nastiness almost worthy of an Elder God.
Rolling, triplet-picked death metal with travelling technical riffs and descent-laden melody sound unhallowed. Echo-drenched vocals sound authentically inhuman and the high-speed drums retain an organic–if mutant–feel.
The cavernous production and cinematic scale lend the songs a massive size for such claustrophobic rhythms, and the fat, clean bass give the songs a rich backbone beyond the grinding noises so common in the genre these days. Synthesizer flourishes and the occasional addition of the Arabic-scale solos canonised by Nile brighten the deep-space desolation of the music.
On Hidden History of the Human Race, Blood Incantation deliver astral death metal dripping with cosmic dread and swirling psychedelics, their familiar but alien sound brought to life by harsh dive-bombing guitars and celestial harmonics.
The album only features four songs, with each one traversing the spectrum of death metal and most coming in at a reasonable and unremarkable length. The exception is closing track, Awakening From The Dream of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul), which comes in at a mind-melting 18 minutes. Full body riffing and clockwork drumming show the off-kilter charm of good death metal before synthesizer spaciness and perfect minor-tone twin guitars let the band show off the depth of their creativity with aplomb. The song works through enough connected ideas that it does not feel exhausting, building tension for the length of the song until setting the listener adrift into the void with tactile guitars sounding lonely to the last.
On Hidden History of the Human Race, Blood Incantation deliver astral death metal dripping with cosmic dread and swirling psychedelics, their familiar but alien sound brought to life by harsh dive-bombing guitars and celestial harmonics. Drawing reference from the otherworldly noise of Portal and the forward-thinking musicality of Stargazer, Blood Incantation have created something unique which delivers neck-busting riffs and Love-craftian horror with unnatural ease.
STANDOUT TRACKS: The Giza Power Plant, Awakening From The Dream of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul)
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