Blood Incantation

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Starspawn (2016), 6.5/10
Hidden History of the Human Race (2019), 6.5/10

Colorado's death-metal outfit Blood Incantation (vocalist and guitarist Paul Riedl, guitarist Morris Kolontyrsky, drummer Isaac Faulk and bassist Jeff Barrett) debuted with the psychedelically-tinged EP Interdimensional Extinction (2015).

Starspawn (Dark Descent, 2016) opens with the 13-minute Vitrification of Blood Part 1, their aesthetic manifesto: the guitar's strident meandering plunges into breakneck distorted guitar solos of classic rock, alternating towards the end with clean solos that are lyrical if not romantic; and and ghoulish growl exales cannibal invocations rather than a stream of words. The terrifying Hidden Species - Vitrification of Blood Part 2 is instead the peak of their "grand guignol", three songs into one: limping, epileptic and atmospheric. The instrumental Meticulous Soul Devourment is all the opposite, drawing inspiration from Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin in his most spiritual moments. The closer Starspawn ideally links back to the initial suite.

Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent, 2019) is a cleaner endeavor that displays the same ideas but in a somewhat more expert manner. Slave Species of the Gods is superficially a fusion of thrash-metal, pop-metal and distorted guitar, but its intricate structure leaves behind the impression of a disorienting maze. The Giza Power Plant, that includes lightning-speed sections, ethnic intermezzos and even a spoken-word section, strikes a balance between atmosphere and chaos. The instrumental Inner Paths transitions smoothly from psychedelic sound effects to a ominous barrage of blastbeats and riffs. However impeccable the execution, the music of the first three pieces lacks passion. The fourth piece, the 18-minute Awakening From the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (which in the old days would have been the entire B side of an LP), proves the point: it feels more like a deeply tortured philosophical essay (particularly when the music seems to die after six minutes and at the end) than a piece of music.

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