Like an unstoppable juggernaut, Incantation just keeps rolling. Unphased by trends and fashions, John McEntee has kept his show going through thick and thin for a decade now, and with Blasphemy, releases an album that should shut the mouths of anyone claiming that death metal is an irrelevant artform.
True to form, Incantation's lineup has changed, seeing the departure of bassist Rob Yench, and the return of Kyle Severn to the kit, along with a new four-stringer, Joe Lombard.
Produced again by Bill Korecky at Mars Studios, Blasphemy is darker, denser, and packs far more punch than The Infernal Storm, showing just how good warmth and all it's imprecision can sound.
The songs are what you'd expect from Incantation, but they sound rejuvinated and there seem to be more of the roiling doom passages that always made the classic songs so chilling. The title track is a seven riff rip that just crushes from start to finish. Once Holy Throne has a slower, doomier approach to the guitars, and comes off as an dark testament of epic proportions. Rotting with Your Christ opens with some killer guitar harmonies before burning it all down with Severn's pounding blasts the Saez's vomitous outpouring of hate. Uprising Heresy is an ominous monolith and quite possibly a new Incantation classic.
It's also worth noting that singer/guitarist Mike Saez seems to have finally found his voice, as this performance is many times improved over his last, and places him firmly as one of the band's best vocalists, right next to Pillard.
It's a wonderful surprise to see one of the genres oldest and most influential bands come out with at least one more punch in the face to anyone who says death metal is dead.