Thursday, December 22, 2011

Incantation - Onward To Golgotha (1992)

This is some kult shit. Incantation are a death metal band founded in New York 1989. Highly praised, often imitated, but unparalleled - except by maybe Immolation and Suffocation. These three are the most prominent early NYDM bands.

The sound is sufficiently dark and a bit murky. All instruments are clearly audible, but the production gives a give boost to the slight doom influence within the unrelenting death metal onslaught. Lyrics are mostly satanic, anti-religious, that kind of stuff, not much new. The innovation's in the instrumental area rather than the lyrical.

Onward To Golgotha is a true classic, a lot better than the dozens of contemporary bands which attempt to follow the path lain down by it, and in a way it sounds modern and interesting even now.