INCANTATION – Dirges Of Elysium (CD)
Having always been a fan of Incantation’s unholy and blasphemous-laden music and dark lyrical themes on religion, I was quite impressed with “Dirges Of Elysium” on the first listen. The darkened chaos, wielded by founding member John McEntee and band, just wraps its sonic claws around your neck while you choke haphazardly, preparing you for what you are about to endure through 60 minutes of pure old school death metal music at its sickest.
“Dirges Of Elysium” is an unsettling instrumental that prepares you for your unholy death, as your ears are greeted by the rabid guitar, tortured growls and drumming that’ll pummel you into total submission, courtesy of “Debauchery” and “Bastion Of A Plague Soul”.
Are you still dead, I mean, are you still reading this review, if so, your soul will die a million times clutching at the barbaric brutality of “From A Glaciate Womb”, “Portal Consecration”, “Charnel Grounds” and last cut, the 16 minute long “Elysium (Eternity Is Night)”, which has tons of “Onward To Golgotha” spirit to it. This track is not only the longest track on the CD, but musically the band’s most diverse, with the slow to mid-paced doom elements and the hellish death metal vocals backed by vein severing guitar rhythms. I hope you’re still alive after listening to this monster?
People, this is Incantation in their most wicked form and true to the old school death metal vibe they’ve possessed from day one. “Dirges Of Elysium’s” music and vocals prove that Incantation is only getting heavier and more evil with time. Can you imagine what another 25 years will do to Incantation? [Listenable] Sarjoo Devani