Incantation have returned with a new recording that continues their dark and blasphemous death/doom metal sound that they are very well known and this is a review of their 2014 album "Dirges Of Elysium" which will be released by Listenable Records.
A slow, dark and heavy doom/death metal sound starts off the album along with some guitar leads and evil sounding melodies a few seconds later and after the intro the music starts going into a more fast and brutal death metal direction along with a good amount of blast beats and a touch of grind in the faster sections of the music as well as some deep growls.
The album continues the tradition of previous recordings combining fast and brutal death metal with slow and dark doom metal and the guitar solos and leads are heavily rooted in the old school tradition and the fast parts also have a more powerful presence on this recording than they did on the previous albums and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
There is a very dark occult atmosphere being invoked with the melodies and slow riffing and the band also adds in a few very long and epic in length songs and even after more than 20 years the band still remains one of the heaviest doom/death metal bands of all time and the fast parts are as brutal as any modern day brutal death metal band but done in a more dark and old school manner and on some of the tracks you can also hear a small amount of high pitched screams.
Incantation continue the tradition and sound they are known for taking the most fast and heavy form of death metal and mixing it with dark and evil sounding doom metal as well as showing younger bands how this style is meant to be played, the production sounds very dark and professional and the lyrics cover dark, blasphemous, horror and occult themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Incantation and if you are a fan of this band, you will enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Bastion Of A Plague Soul" "Portal Consecration" "Impalement Of Divinity" and "Elysium (Eternity Is nigh)". 8/9 out of 10.