You’ve got to hand it to John McEntee. Despite seemingly never-ending line-up changes that would surely have crushed lesser bands, he and longtime partner in crime Kyle ‘Belial’ Severn have soldiered on, delivering INCANTATION’s patented old-school Death Metal to legions of appreciative fans. Thankfully the band seems to have reached a stable line-up with McEntee on guitars/vocals, Severn on drums and Joe Lombard on bass. So what does “Primordial Domination” hold in store for us?
INCAN-FUCKING-TATION, that’s what! This band is not about musical change or wussing out in hopes of financial gain; they are in it for the long haul, and praise be to them for that! This album brims with that familiar INCANTATION formula: old school Death Metal sprinkled with some very tasty Doom elements and the occasional Thrash-like burst of speed. Tracks like “Dissolute Rule/Begin Apocalypse” and “Doctrines Of Reproach” will smash your skull in and then gleefully piss in the wound. The latter track is especially impressive with its brilliant bursts of speed that reminds me a lot of “Nocturnal Kingdom Of Demonic Enlightenment”. “Lead To Desolation” is a more straightforward neck-snapper, while closer “Conquered God” features some of the eeriest bass-lines I have heard in a long time. Oh yeah, those leads in “Extirpated Dominus” are also brilliant! I also have to commend John on his absolutely sick vocals. Lombard’s bass is a commanding presence throughout, and Severn is still tight as hell behind the kit.
Overall this is yet another solid album these guys. No, they are not trying to reinvent the wheel with this effort but that was never the point anyway. This is simply a crucshing old-school DM album with a penchant for all things un-Christian. After only a couple of listens this is already up there with “Onward To Golgotha” and “Diabolical Conquest” as one my favorite INCANTATION albums.
(Online December 2, 2006)