Incantation - _Decimate Christendom_
(Listenable Records, 2004)
by: T. DePalma (
This band's previous album _Blasphemy_ wisely concentrated on sounding older than a 2002 release, retracing old ground but at least aspiring for memorable riffs and harmonization within a thinner, more leveled, aged production. Now, with apparent disregard toward common sense, twelve tracks are raked in absolutely sterile production that conflicts with the compositions, allowing little atmosphere to resonate on the very few bright spots related here. Perhaps if the songs were substantially different at heart it could be justified, but that's only so much wishful thinking.What is offered on this album sounds like repetitive filler adjoined by a biennial arch of pseudo-ambience that adds nothing except another trusty clutter of exaggerated titles: "Unholy Empowerment of Righteous Deprivation". There are a few tracks ("Blaspheme the Sacraments", "Horns of Eradication", "Dying Divinity") that manage to escape into a recaptured aura of unconsecrated musical tyranny that prevails somewhat in spite of the rigid framing of sound. Otherwise, Incantation have presented frankly what is largely expected of any other death metal band (just sound heavy/cool!). Trusty as ever, there are plenty of pinches and bends, collapsing drum rhythms; that prerequisite dive on the open e chord. As the tracks wear on, they illustrate the consequences of refinement within a creative vacuum. _Decimate Christendom_ is technique reduced to a blitz of mannerisms as durable as a wet paper bag.
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