BLOOD INCANTATION

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BLOOD INCANTATION Starspawn album cover 4.03 | 11 ratings
Starspawn
Death Metal 2016
BLOOD INCANTATION Hidden History of the Human Race album cover 4.42 | 15 ratings
Hidden History of the Human Race
Death Metal 2019

BLOOD INCANTATION EPs & splits

BLOOD INCANTATION Interdimensional Extinction album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Interdimensional Extinction
Death Metal 2015
BLOOD INCANTATION Spectral Voice / Blood Incantation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Spectral Voice / Blood Incantation
Death Metal 2015

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BLOOD INCANTATION Blood Incantation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blood Incantation
Death Metal 2013
BLOOD INCANTATION Demo II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo II
Death Metal 2013
BLOOD INCANTATION Astral Spells album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Astral Spells
Death Metal 2014

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BLOOD INCANTATION Hidden History of the Human Race

Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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Album cover that could have been ripped off a 1970s sci-fi paperback? Check. Themes pulled from the likes of Erich Von Daniken's "Chariots of the Gods" schtick? Check. Song titles, lengths, and even compositional structures which could be prog rock numbers from a lesser-known band of the 1970s? Check.

But don't be fooled - Blood Incantation's Hidden History of the Human Race isn't some sort of attempt at straight-ahead retro-prog. Instead, it takes the song structures of classic prog and applies to them the sonic toolkit of technical death metal, yielding a short but sweet 36 minutes of mashup mayhem which sets Blood Incantation as a band to watch.

BLOOD INCANTATION Hidden History of the Human Race

Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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BLOOD INCANTATION has really made a name for itself in the last few years with its unique blend of psychedelic metal inspired by the legendary underground act Timeghoul mixed with the more rabid venomous bombast of classic early 90s Morbid Angel. While this Denver band hasn’t exactly reinvented the wheel when it comes to the world of death metal, they have managed to forge several disparate strains of extreme metal into the same playing field and in the process have managed to stand out in the seemingly endless supply of bands that are vying for recognition. Formed all the way back in 2011, the band released a few demos and the EP “Interdimensional Extinction” in 2013 but didn’t unleash the first full-length release upon the metal world until 2016 with “Starspawn” which displayed a fully seasoned band that mastered the art of the challenges of tech death metal without the ceaseless rapid fire assaults that turn many off. In other words they mastered the art of varied soundscapes.

“Starspawn” put the band on the map for its innovative mix of death metal and progressive rock with psychedelic elements and after that the band went even further with its sophomore release HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE which displays the 70s art of Bruce Pennington as cover art and incorporates many sci-fi and alternative history theories as a basis for its subject matter. This thematic approach goes hand in hand with the increased use of Timeghoul inspired psychedelia and in the process has increased awareness of a new strain of what is being called psychedelic death metal which merges the orotundity of the instrumental bombast and death vocal growls with more atmospheric eeriness that has been much more popular in the world of black metal. Due to the lengthy slower passages, it not surprising that the death metal cedes to a more doomy dirge-like pace.

While death metal is clearly the star of the show here, BLOOD INCANTATION led by guitarist / vocalist Paul Riedl has exponentially increased the influences from progressive rock as well and as a result this album of 36 minutes and 20 seconds only consists of four tracks with the showcase crown jewel “Awakening From the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul)” swallowing up half the playing time with classic prog twists and turns fortified with the metal attributes the band has already established for itself. Touted as one of the best new metal bands of contemporary extreme metal, HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE certainly has its appeal. It’s well paced with no nonsense tech death metal passages that will please the most jaded extreme metall-o-phile along with lengthy drifting passages that explore surreal and psychedelic textures with atmospheric eeriness that evoke astral terror. However there are a few things that bug me about this album as well so let me tell you about them!

“Slave Species Of The Gods” is a feisty and appropriate opener as it not only delivers the crushing metal riffs and blastbeat frenzies expected of metal’s most dangerous offspring but establishes the band as one that doesn’t compromise its core principles for the sake of expanding its tentacles into non-metal arenas. The subject matter evokes the mysteries of the hidden history that reminds me of the possibilities presented by such alt history researchers as Zecharia Sitchin which really make you wonder if humanity has been controlled all along by unseen alien forces that have the ability to shape shift and travel between dimensions. While establishing the band as a pyroclastic explosion of death metal energy, this is also the least varied track but manages to throw in a few classic Morbid Angel guitar squeals and yes this band does owe a lot to Morbid Angel in the heavier aspects of its sound.

“The Giza Power Plant” follows suit as another bombastic blood curdling example of tech death metal only the riffs are more jagged and angular while Riedl’s vocals are more tortured and set back in the mix. The track is more varied in that it not only pummels with an exhaustive array of tech death riffs but throws in some classic old school death metal parts as well. All is well until about the 2 minute mark a stylistic shift suddenly occurs and the death metal turns into a psychedelic menagerie of Egyptian styled folk music that sounds lifted right out of the Nile playbook. Given the theme and folk segment, it just seems way too derivative for its own good. The music is more melodic than the average Nile romp through along with the ancient Pharaohs and it does offer some interesting variations but considering Nile is a contemporary band this seems a little rip-offy for my tastes.

This brings me to my next complaint about this album. “Inner Paths (To Outer Space)” serves more as a psychedelic intermission between the first two tracks and the lengthy progressive closer. This one begins with dark ambient sounds bubbling up from the abyss and slowly percolates with synth swirls and a percussive groove that slowly builds up momentum. Joined in by guitar and bass, it sounds like a great idea but after hearing this it kept nagging me that i’ve heard this riff before. After a few spins it came to me that the melodic guitar riff is the same as the intro of “Red Barchetta” from Rush’s classic “Moving Pictures” which once realized gives you insight into how much the great Rush inspired BLOOD INCANTATION as well. Now mind you, this track is very cool and very well done especially how it builds and builds until it climaxes in a death metal orgasmic flow of angst and then drifts off into psychedelia but i honestly can’t get past that the riff was so blatantly lifted.

The true gem of this album is the grand finale “Awakening From The Dream Of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror Of The Soul)” which kind of amasses everything that came before, mixes it together in different proportions and then adds a bunch of new ideas that deliver a cosmic death metal delivery that lasts for over 18 minutes. Chock full of both finger breaking metal wankery and long existential drifts into surreality, this track embodies the very essence of what one would consider progressive death metal, that being a creative lengthy sprawl of death metal magic that is teased out into lengthy massive chunks of real estate. Basically this track is a multi-segmented one that meanders and trades off between surreal passages and more bombastic metal rampage. There’s even a small tribute to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” around the seven minute mark where those oscillating electronic noises gurgle up from behind the scenes before the metal mania resumes. This is a phenomenally brilliant track and is worth the price of admission alone.

Despite my gripes (which are significant) about this album and how BLOOD INCANTATION chose to use some too obvious references in its compositions, i cannot help but admire how well the album is stitched together otherwise. HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE HUMAN RACE basically carries the torch of the possibilities that could have been attained by the legendary Timeghoul if only they had stuck around beyond two mere demos. While very few probably ever heard those legendary sounds tucked away in the 90s underground, BLOOD INCANTATION has done a huge service in not only bringing Timeghoul to the metal world’s attention but has also taken the baton and run away with the stylistic approach never realized. In that regard BLOOD INCANTATION has crafted a brilliant display of psychedelic and progressive death metal unlike anything else. If only it weren’t for those too close for comfort experiences with Rush and Nile and i’d rate this even higher. One thing is for sure, BLOOD INCANTATION is an act to keep your eyes on. The next album will be eagerly awaited with high expectations.

BLOOD INCANTATION Starspawn

Album · 2016 · Death Metal
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BLOOD INCANTATION has become one of death metal’s most celebrated bands in the last few years and has really captured the imagination with its latest Timeghoul inspired sound on 2019’s “Hidden History of the Human Race” but the band has been around since 2011. Formed in Denver, Colorado, this band that mixes Morbid Angel style death metal with progressive rock and psychedelia took a few years to craft its alienating deathened doom metal sound that has popularized the fledgling scene of psychedelic death metal which in many ways is right of the Timeghoul playbook but whereas that band released only two demos and faded into obscurity, the influences reverberate to the modern era and it looks like BLOOD INCANTATION is the band that is successfully fulfilling the lost promises in the 21st century.

The band’s first release was an EP in the form of 2015’s “Interdimensional Extinction” which displayed the band’s flirtations with psychedelically tinged death metal rampages fused with doom metal sluggishness and long meandering bouts of atonal passages most remnant of Morbid Angel’s “Domination” era. The love of sci-fi and alt history percolates in the themes and subject matter and then musically all dressed up in meandering progressive compositions that find various passages creating well thought out compositions that add a breath of fresh air to the world of death metal and while technically fitting in with the technical death metal crowd, BLOOD INCANTATION has been more about progressive rock style developments over the flashy incessant bombast of many modern tech death units however this band isn’t afraid to strut its technical prowess when needed.

STARSPAWN is the band’s full-length debut which cemented its status as the newest darling of death metal with its already coalesced classical form. With only five tracks that clock in a just under 35 minutes, BLOOD INCANTATION hit the ground running on this debut with doom-laden tracks that infuse lengthy progressive workouts that meander through a cold, vacuous soundscape that generates both atmospheric angst while delivering thorough and sinewy metal rampage. In many ways the music matches the apocalyptic visions of the album cover with dystopian sci-fi themes enshrouded with angular down-tuned guitar riffs, suffocating sulfuric atmospheres and uncensored ugliness complete with Paul Reidl’s best tortured monster vocals that merge with the progressively infused dirge-like flows of workouts. While Timeghoul and Morbid Angel are the primary influences, BLOOD INCANTATION rises above the limitations of being retro and infused a touch of Demilich, Gorguts and other tech death craftsmanship to the mix.

The album bursts into action with the 13 minute “Vitrification of Blood (Part I)” which wastes no time creating massive sprawling and gnarled guitar riffs that instantly displays a more mind-altering display of classic old school death metal with modern infusions of angularity and progressive fusion. While tracks alternate between melody and dissonance, so too do they exhibit heavy death metal bombast with off-road side trips into psychedelic atmospheric headiness most readily experienced on the track “Meticulous Soul Devourment” which breaks the gravitational pull of the the more down-to-Earth limiting factors of the death metal orotundity. The best part of all is that BLOOD INCANTATION masters the balancing act of creating a logical trajectory that incorporates all of the aforementioned elements without sounding trite or forced in any way. Much like the expansive holistic sounds of Timeghoul, BLOOD INCANTATION proves that the band’s early and forgotten experiments were more than worthy of further development and all of that is on display on STARSPAWN.

BLOOD INCANTATION Interdimensional Extinction

EP · 2015 · Death Metal
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BLOOD INCANTATION started out in Denver, CO back in 2011 when they were beginning their more psychedelic take on classic Morbid Angel’s groundbreaking “Domination” era mix of eruptive guitar riffs with angular off-kilter deliveries, eerie detached vocals growling in spectral aggression with a touch of the modern day Nile styled atonal chugging of the rhythms with a bass and drumming style to offer the most primo classic death metal bombast in full force.

The band started out with Paul Riedl (vocals, guitar), Isaac Faulk (drums) and Morris Kolontyrsky (guitars) and released three demos and before the addition of Jeff Barrett on fretless bass who would join the other three on the band’s full-length albums, the trio released this debut EP titled INTERDIMENSIONAL EXTINCTION with session musician Damon Good as the fretless bassist. Recorded in 2013 and released two years later, BLOOD INCANTATION took its time in crafting the perfect debut that focused on Lovecraftian fantastical themes inspired by the otherworldly artwork of Bruce Pennington.

INTERDIMENSIONAL displays the band’s knack of taking the Morbid Angel / Nile stylistic approach out of the ancient history books and into the realms of out space with psychedelic atmospheric cloud covers that offer a darkened shadow producing effect around the atonal riff clusters that collide much like the particulates of Saturn’s rings. This EP only featured four tracks but pretty much laid down the foundation that BLOOD INCANTATION would build upon and in the process popularize a new strain of psychedelic death metal by adopting some of the atmospheric properties that the black metal world has been dabbling in for quite some time.

Given the epic nature of BLOOD INCANTATION’s works, this truncated release actually feels like a sampler because it feels like it goes by way too fast. While the band usually opts for spaced out Floydian intros, INTERDIMENSIONAL wastes no time bursting into tech death bombast and saves the spiciness for the extra touches like the atmospheric backdrops and the melodic guitar solos that erupt from the din while Paul Riedl’s vocals add a ghoulish haunt from the turbulence. As a trio, the band had already mastered their unique twisted approach of melding Watchtower styled mangled riffs into digestible chunks that mimic aspects of Timeghoul, Demilich, classic Death and of course Morbid Angel and Nile.

This is a strong compelling debut which in retrospect displays a tight knit unit that was destined for greatness. The secret of BLOOD INCANTATION’s style is that it evolved just a tad beyond its influences at this point before putting the psychedelic features on overdrive as on the newest album “Hidden History Of The Human Race,” nor did it overplay the progressive aspects. All in all, i couldn’t ask for a better first slap in the face than this nice slice of stellar tech death wizardry. Beautifully designed and intricacy intermingled, BLOOD INCANTATION clearly cast the proper spells and the demons aligned to fuel the astral inspiration in all its glory. Yay!

BLOOD INCANTATION Hidden History of the Human Race

Album · 2019 · Death Metal
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Back in 2016 I was mightily impressed with the debut album from a little known death metal band from the USA called Blood Incantation. On starting this review I decided to start by referring back to my review of said album, Starspawn. While I could have sworn I’d done a review, apparently not, I’d only rated it – 4 stars by the way. Anyway here we are three years down the road and Blood Incantation are back with another dose of cosmic death metal and they’ve just got even better.

Hidden History Of The Human Race is only four tracks long clocking in at a meagre 36 minutes but thankfully every track earns it’s place here. Slave Species Of The Gods opens up and it sounds immense. With its crushing dissonant riffs and organic production fans of Immolation and Morbid Angel should love it. Likewise The Giza Power Plant which follows though adding some light and shade and getting a bit more trippy over its seven minutes. Compared to their debut the sound here is tighter and not quite as dense – less chaotic. That’s not to say I prefer it that way but HHOTHR shows considerable growth with a more progressive approach. Inner Paths (To Outer Space) was the first track I heard from the album and initially I was a bit concerned. It has a slow build starting with a clean sounding cosmic trippy section and took it’s time before anything resembling death metal kicked in. Hearing it in the context of the album though it works and I like it.

Not surprisingly the highlight of the album is the eighteen minute Awakening From The Dream Of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror Of The Soul) which takes up side 2 of my vinyl copy. It’s a mind blowing death metal trip with some of their heaviest riffs but even including a Pink Floyd-ish lull before kicking back in with full force again. The rhythms twist and turn, constantly shifting mirroring the riffs, never staying in the same place too long and it feels like only half its length. It’s a stunning piece of work and perhaps the finest piece of death metal I’ve heard all year.

Just when I was more or less sorted in my mind on my favourite albums of the year along comes another contender. HHOTHR is a staggering achievement and I can’t wait to see where this band goes next. The future of death metal is in safe hands.

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