NYC-bred, Pennsylvania-based death metal legends Incantation are the latest old-schoolers to offer up a stellar new album this year, along with the likes of Suffocation, Dying Fetus and Immolation. Their new album, dubbed Profane Nexus, is the followup to 2014's Dirges of Elysium and marks their tenth studio album in nearly 30 years. Despite numerous member changes, Incantation have always been consistent — and yet, there's something about Profane Nexus that takes their approach to another level.
Featuring 11 tracks in about 42 minutes, the record is a slab of brutal and crushing death metal with founder/vocalist/guitarist John McEntee at the helm, but the diversity of the songs is refreshing. The album opens with the doom-infused "Muse," which seamlessly transitions into "Rites of the Locust," filled with blazing leads and Kyle Severn's inhuman drumming.
Tracks like "Visceral Hexahedron" and "Incorporeal Despair" contain slow, creepy tones and an ominous atmosphere, while "The Horns of Gefrin" and "Xipe Totec" are harsh and intense, featuring unpredictable time signatures and McEntee's deep, distinct throat-shredding gutturals. With unique song patterns mixed into their iconic style throughout Profane Nexus, Incantation have surpassed their previous few releases and made it even clearer why 2017 is already being called the year of death metal. (Relapse)