9/13/2020

Incantation- Sect of Vile Divinities (Album Review)

Musicians: Incantation
Album Title: Sect of Vile Divinities 
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: August 21, 2020

Incantation are a classic death metal band that have been around for over thirty years. While, they haven't ever reached the popularity of bands like Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel, they remain a consistent and highly respected death metal machine. Specializing, usually, in a slower doom influenced style sound, Incantation continue to deliver the goods on their latest release, Sect of Vile Divinities.

The second track off of the album is the slow, heavy, and driving "Propitiation". It takes a little over two minutes for the vocals to kick. But, it's at this point that the song also really kicks in, with a wicked and very cool little riff that is dispersed in the track. I also really like the soaring lead, which plays awesomely against the slower more stomach crunching sounds. The blazing "Chant of Formless Dead" shows the band are just as brutal, if not more so, when they kick speed into full gear. It is an all out attack of blast beats and ripping guitars. The leads here are some of the coolest that I have heard this year. The song, itself, mixes exciting and vicious tempos shifts. My favorite track is probably the aptly named "Fury's Manifesto", as it is an unrelenting and pissed off, brutal attack. The utter and brain beating heaviness displayed here will make your ears fucking bleed. 

Incantation have delivered a brutal, old school death metal release in Sect of Divinities. Going between slower and crushing to fast and unrelenting (many times with a single song), the album is evil and unrepentant in its power to blast you with its brutal sounds. Ranking among the heaviest old death metal albums released this year, it just goes to show that Incantation remain one of the fucking best acts in extreme metal to this very day.


4 out of 5 

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