Dark Descent Records
Released on August 19th, 2016
Genre: Death Metal, Progressive Metal
Denver-based band Blood Incantation explore space on their 35-minute debut full-length, Starspawn. Following a well-received EP in 2015, the interstellar sonic force hopes to gain new listeners and cover new galactic ground. Although space is a mysterious and difficult thing to explore, these death metallers traverse the stars with technical prowess without inundating their compositions with unnecessary solos and musical showboating. For a band that is so obsessed with space, the songs are very purposeful, even the 13-minute long “Vitrification of Blood (Part 1),” which kicks the album off. The song is technically demanding, with winding riffs and complicated drum fills peppered throughout, but all the transitions between musical ideas are seamless. No one idea lingers around too long before a new one is naturally introduced. The tremolo picked riffs that precede the more downtempo and crushing riffs are well-placed and gripping. The last 3 minutes of the song are preceded by an awkwardly placed arpeggiated passage that is not fitting with the rest of the song, although it does add to the spacey theme with the funky chord progressions establishing an ominous feeling.
The other songs do not have any structural flaws and adhere more to the space theme sonically. “Hidden Species” fits the space theme better with vocal echoes and alien noises. The odd chord progressions fit the mold better as well. The melodic dueling guitar riff in the middle of the title track inspired me to take up arms in anticipation of an intergalactic war. The closing riff is hard and the little pinched harmonic that closes each bar causes hairs to raise on my skin.
Although Blood Incantation isn’t doing anything completely unique (bearing a strong resemblance to later Gorguts) they are doing it right. Expect these guys to gain more buzz in the coming months.
PRETTY NEAT MUSIC
FAV TRACKS: Hidden Species (Vitrification Of Blood Part 2), Starspawn
LEAST FAV TRACKS: Vitrification Of Blood (Part 1)