Incantation - Profane Nexus ( 2017 )
Trying to pull the sums of the majestic carrier of one of the most influential death metal bands of all times is a tricky task. These guys started out during the early '90, always providing to avid listeners a poisonous dose of execellently-executed doomish death metal which will be one of the main foundations to other well-respected death metal acts that conventionally spawned during the deception of this century. "Profane Nexus", an album that marks their deserved return to Relapse Records, is yet another chapter in this glorious tradition. It was hard to beat a particularly cured and successful work as "Dirges of Elysium," but John McEntee and his comrades are coming up with a record that again confirms their excellent state of health. The band is obviously well-known to be more popular than ever and march on the wave of concrete enthusiasm, composing and playing with ease and total awareness of their mean. The merit of the US group is to be convincing both in immediate listening and long-distance testing; the quartet creates medium-short durations, avoiding falling into too repetitive structures, often flirting with slow and suffocating rhythmics, but always being exquisitely hostile and aggressive. Apparently without much effort, Incantation manage to carry the listener in ultra-terrestrial dimensions, bringing before us macabre images from beyond, which can be assumed also by the strangely named intercourse song "Stormgate Convulsions from the Thunderous Shores of Infernal Realms Beyond the Grace of God" ( although every song has the peculiar Incantation style )
Both considering personality and style, I'd consider McEntee to be almost the Tony Iommi of death metal, with his particular nostalgia towards retro-styled, doomish metal that is impossible not to observe in every album under his influence: this is also the main positive attribute of Incantation's music: Profane Nexus is definitely their most "melodic" work, but still filled to the brim with haunting, ethereal atmospheres. Both Incantation and -overall- metal fans will be greatly pleased by the efficiency of this record.
Top song: Lus Sepulcri