|Review: Blood Incantation - Hidden History of the Human Race|
|Hidden History of the Human Race|
Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 14, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Hidden History of the Human Race
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (2 Votes)
Blood Incantation have been getting some underground buzz since the release of their debut, Starspawn, back in 2016. This is a Denver band who seem dedicated to digging into technical/progressive Death Metal without devolving into jazz/prog garbage in the process. Their debut was well reviewed, but I never heard it, so now we have their sophomore album.
I like a lot of this, with the band making use of dense, tight riffs that will be familiar to any fans of Incantation or Immolation. This is a very US-Death sound, though I would like if the production had a bit more punch, as it is kind of muddy. There are some really class leads on here, and the band get a lot of points for innovative time shifts and surprising songwriting.
That said, it is not all gold. They do drift into some more ambient passages that are just kind of boring, and the closing track is 18 minutes long and has no real reason to be that enormous besides just being long. Parts of it are really good, but they just feel welded together. Still, if you are into technical Death Metal, then this is well worth checking out.
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