Review: Incantation – Dirges Of Elysium

Location: Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Genre: Death Metal
Released: June 10, 2014
Format Reviewed: FLAC
Feature: National Uprising – Recent Releases

By: Kris Kotlarik

In a nutshell, what you can expect to find on this American death metal staple’s latest effort are some swift riffs, slick bass lines, crisp production, and vocals that are a step above pig squeals. I’m going say from the get-go that I am not a fan of this kind of vocal work and that will have a negative impact on the review’s score; if you do like those vocals, you can safely add a point to it.

Musically, there are several highlights; following a slow intro/title track, “Debauchery” and “Bastion Of A Plagued Soul” stand out as tracks that are swift and aggressive that also feature some effective tempo changes. There are other instances where the speed bounces around and don’t do so in a cohesive manner, especially in “Portal Consecration.” The other positive standout is “Impalement Of Divinity.” The bass line in “Dominant Ethos” adds to an otherwise average song.

Most of the other tracks aren’t noteworthy in one direction or the other, but the closer, “Elysium (Eternity Is Nigh),” is a 16-minute masturbatory display. Approximately seventy-five percent of this is incredibly slow, almost approaching the threshold of Esoteric-esque funeral doom metal at times. There are some decent parts, especially towards the end and another nice section in the middle. By-and-large, I don’t care for it. But once again, I can see why people would like this kind of closer. If you’re into that, add a half-point.

Overall: From my standpoint, it’s a totally average effort. 

Rating: 2.5*

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