Incantation (US) 'Vanquish In Vengeance'

Listenable Records Release: 27 November 2012

Band Members : 

John McEntee – guitar, vocals (1989–present)
Kyle Severn – drums (1994-1998, 2000-2007, 2009-present)
Alex Bouks – guitar (2008–present)
Chuck Sherwood – bass (2008–present)

This band should be well known to most of you,but maybe unknown to some so here is a little introduction...

Incantation is an American death metal band that was formed by John McEntee and Paul Ledney in 1989. They are one of the leaders in the New York death metal scene along with fellow bands Suffocation and Immolation, even though the band is currently located in Pennsylvania.
The band has seen many lineup changes in their 22-year history and guitarist John McEntee is the sole original member. Incantation is notable for mixing widely varied tempos into their music, often playing slow, down-tuned passages similar to those performed by other death/doom bands like Autopsy.

To date the band has released eight full-length records, two live records, four EP's, two singles, three splits, one DVD, and three demos.


I got this one a while ago,but for some reason I was not tempted to listen to this one before a few weeks passed.
Most likely since I've lost faith in some of my old metal masters in general,since some just tend to end up as a bad clone of themselves and don't know when to stop,while it seems like other bands decide to do a 'comeback' since extreme metal is bigger now than in the late 80's - early 90's. And unfortunately this sells.
I'm not saying it's all bad,but there are examples of this without going deeper into that.
After all this is about Incantation...!  (my mistake. ed)


It's been much death metal lately,and here we are again!
'The Elders Know best' is an expression used often and many often disagree with this including me,but as I listen to 'Vanquish In Vengeance' I understand why the term is used at times.

You know why? Simply 'cause here they are 22 years older as a band still playing death metal all the way.
And does this album do any justice to death metal? Hell yeah!
All respect to Incantation for still playing and releasing this album.

This is what I expect and want to hear while it spins plain death metal with groovy basslines,tuned guitars & those twisted 'backwards' sounding guitar solos.
A haunting dark vocal and cool variation of drum beats who make my liver shiver.
And this is exactly what they deliver,death metal in it's purest traditional way.

It's like with all other bands you don't necessarily want a new genre for each album,
and as long as an album is as good as this,where they actually deliver 10 excellent tracks of brilliant metal with variation and nice tempo changes as they make room for quality melodies and slow parts throughout the whole album.
What makes a fan more happy than that?
I think this will appeal to both old and new fans,who cares? I enjoyed every minute of it,no 'deadlights' on this one!
Like traveling back & forth in time musically.

Vanquish in Vengeance was recorded at Mars Studio with Bill Korecky and mixed by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios.


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