INCARNATE – Hvman Svffering
Cold Church Studios
Here in Greece we say that sometimes an obstacle can lead you to good results and I think this is what happened to INCARNATE from the Netherlands. The band wanted after their 2011 full length release entitled ““Hands of Guilt / Eyes of Greed” to work on an EP release, but they put this project on hold because their singer left the band. INCARNATE decided to focus on composing songs and in August 2014 the vocalist Martijn Geelhoed (ex-REMAINS) joined the band and in the summer of 2015 the band entered to studio to record this release that I am about to present to you.
This EP contains 3 songs if you buy the limited 7” vinyl edition and 4 in the limited cassette tape edition. I would propose you buy the tape edition because it has all the compositions that are really cool, but this is a matter of taste and choice. The musical genre of the band can be described as death/thrash metal that involves some strong brutal metalcore breakdowns. The band is really a riff machine gun that takes you by force from the first moment. Although they are a death/thrash metal band INCARNATE also have a good sense of melody that is put in use in order to give variety and make their songs catchy and noticeable. Besides that the leads and solos also give character to the release because of their technical level and also because they are used in a substantial way and not to show off.
This is a release that every fan of the bay area thrash metal scene will enjoy. I think that there are elements in the sound of INCARNATE that bring to mind bands like SLAYER, SEPULTURA, AMON AMARTH (just listen to the song entitled “44 Days of Hell”) OBITUARY, EXODUS and so many other bands of this style. The interesting part is that the band has nice ideas that give fresh air to their compositions and make you listen to them again and again.
Lyrically now the compositions have to do with themes of destruction, war and in general depict the brutality of the animal called man. I think that they are the kind of lyrics that fit perfectly to their sound.
All in all, I can say that this is an EP that I enjoyed very much and listen to again and again. It has very good ideas, a dynamic and clear production that enhances the brutality of the band’s sound. So, go for it….
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis