With no shortage of Swedish acts on the scene one has to question how so many talented bands can deliver the same package over and over but still keep enthusiasts listening. FLAGELLATION adds another title to the Dead Sea of Metal releases, and despite its short length and formulaic approach “Incinerate Disintegrate” proves quite worthwhile.
With the exception of a forgettable introductory track and a decent outro “Incinerate Disintegrate” covers much ground in 20 minutes. Its brutal riffs contain melodic elements with occasional keyboard accompaniment, but ultimately the technique and ability of guitarists Daniel Cannerfelt and Teddy Möller make each track unique and worthy of praise. Drummer Marcus Jonsson seems a perfect fit for the band as he performs with an impressive degree of skill and speed.
In terms of criticism the only audible flaw on the release stems from an uneven conclusion to the track “Purified By Fire” in which the main riff and overlying harmonies end at different times. Otherwise, the musical output from FLAGELLATION comes across as flawless and engaging. The vocal performances do not bring anything new to the Death Metal camp, but they do not disappoint either. At times clean harmonies reminiscent of BORKNAGAR enter into the mix, but otherwise listeners find themselves amidst what almost any solid Death band has to offer.
“Incinerate Disintegrate” is not ground-breaking. It is not the fastest release on the market, nor is it the most powerful in terms of composition and technique. It is, however, consistent, contemporary, and noteworthy.
(Online July 9, 2007)