Another album that begins with the letter ‘I’ from prolific German Thrash machine, DEW-SCENTED. “Incinerate” is their seventh full length release since forming in 1991 and they show their fans all of their old tricks while taking a step closer to Death Metal.
DEW-SCENTED can only be described as SODOM on Ritalin as they relentlessly produce ultra fast riffs. After the slow intro, “Vanish Away” powers though the speakers, shocking the system as everything seems to be playing at once. Yet there is order in this chaos and it becomes clear that DEW-SCENTED have not lost any speed in their quest to break the sound barrier. They use all sorts of guitar effects including an interesting wah pedal solo in “That’s Why I Despise You”. Leif’s gruff vocals match the intensity of the guitar work and Uwe’s drumming is not over the top. Like most Thrash bands, Leif’s vocals become monotonous over time which takes some of the pleasure from having your ears washed with concentrated nitric acid.
In “Incinerate”, there is a greater degree of Death Metal than on previous DEW-SCENTED recordings. Some fans may feel that the band is moving too far from its roots by this, whereas other shower them with praise for creating a Thrash album that isn’t full of SLAYER worship. Nearly all of the songs have Death orientated guitar melodies and the main riff on “Contradiction” is good enough to feature on the latest VADER album.
The variation in guitar patterns could do with a revamp as there are only around three riffs in a song. Regardless, DEW-SCENTED have created a crisp, sharp sound on “Incinerate” which has all the right ingredients for a classic Trash album. The net result is that you have good quality material spread out over a too long section which becomes too repetitive. I have to be honest and say that I don’t normally appreciate Thrash Metal in general. However, this album has proven that Thrash doesn’t always have to be pure SLAYER worship and consequently converted me.
(Online May 27, 2007)