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This band definitely deserves its own thread, what with the influence it's had.

I've listened to a fair bit of Incantation material over the years, and seen the band live, but have never quite managed to get 'into' them.

Are you a fan? Any recommendations? What is their most accessible release?
 

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Everyone goes on and on about the first 2 albums Onward to Golgotha and Mortal Throne of Nazarene but honestly everything I've heard from them is good. If you like Asphyx, you will probably like Incantation. Old school death metal played slow to mid tempo instead of hyperspeed, everyone the last few years has been calling it death doom. Incantation also is very dark, almost a blackened vibe but this is death metal not black metal, if that makes sense.

I'd start with Onward to Golgotha, it's a classic for sure. It's death metal so accessibility is not really a desired trait.

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I like some Incantation albums a lot, but haven't ever really clicked with Onward To Golgotha despite repeated listens over the past, eh, 23 or 24 years. My favorite is Diabolical Conquest, with Daniel Corchado from The Chasm on vocals -- something about this one just comes into focus for me, more so than the rest of their material that I've heard.

 

@the_thrashing, I agree about the blackened vibe -- they have a flair for creepy angular tremolo-picked melodies, and more of a focus on atmosphere than a lot of other DM from that era. Vicious without being "brutal".

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10 minutes ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I like some Incantation albums a lot, but haven't ever really clicked with Onward To Golgotha despite repeated listens over the past, eh, 23 or 24 years. My favorite is Diabolical Conquest, with Daniel Corchado from The Chasm on vocals -- something about this one just comes into focus for me, more so than the rest of their material that I've heard.

 

@the_thrashing, I agree about the blackened vibe -- they have a flair for creepy angular tremolo-picked melodies, and more of a focus on atmosphere than a lot of other DM from that era. Vicious without being "brutal".

The producton is better on that album too, More fast parts. It would be a better place to start if you want cleaner production. Great album.

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2 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I like some Incantation albums a lot, but haven't ever really clicked with Onward To Golgotha despite repeated listens over the past, eh, 23 or 24 years. My favorite is Diabolical Conquest, with Daniel Corchado from The Chasm on vocals -- something about this one just comes into focus for me, more so than the rest of their material that I've heard.

 

Now you're taking - this sounds awesome! Think I'm going to have to order myself a copy.

FatherAlabaster - always delivers the best recommendations 🤘

I really like the Chasm, by the way, Farseeing The Paranormal Abysm in particular.

2 hours ago, the_thrashing said:

It's death metal so accessibility is not really a desired trait.

Some kind of accessibility is essential for me, much as I equally don't tend to enjoy anything too clean... each to their own and all that though anyway.

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Also now picked up the (recent, debut) Beast Of Revelation album, featuring John McEntee on vocals. Think I might actually prefer it to any of the Incantation material. But then I am a sucker for death-doom.

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