I was really surprised to see such a legendary band as INCANTATION getting little review on this website. They have long been forbearers of the most unholy and vile Death Metal, and were also an early example of combining Death Metal with Doom like tempos.
Opening with a riff that audially describes the title, "Demonic Incarnate" wastes no time in flooring the listener. The gurgling, seeping, downright disgusting vocals of Craig Pillard render the lyrics entirely illegible, but his voice acts more as another instrument than the bearer of words. The song slows to a crawl, with some of the most evil riffing ever concieved in the Death Metal world.
"Iconoclasm Of Catholicism" continues at a more Speed Metal tempo, though the drumming of Jim Roe on this album is completely unique to him. While not the fastest of blast-beaters, he has an excellent understanding of the dynamics of his instrument. A random tom roll will not interrupt a dirgy, atmospheric riff, and random cymbal crashes do not exist. A perfect example of a drummer knowing not just what to play, but when to play it, and why it needs to be played.
The almost Grindcore like "Blissful Bloodshower" and monolithic walls of sound such as "Ibex Moon" and especially "Abolishment Of Immaculate Serenity" give this album a high variance of tempos and moods. The listener is treated to a veritable cornucopia of Death Metal brilliance, as few can pull off. INCANTATION created a true classic. Even though I hate how stupid this word is, I would accurately describe this album as "brutal". Violently rythmic, intensely barraging, and completely merciless, this album is a must have for any fan of Death Metal.
(Online September 8, 2009)