ALBUM REVIEW: Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race

Release Date: November 22nd 2019
Label: Dark Descent Records
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One of the most promising newer bands from extreme metal, Blood Incantation are back with their first album since their 2016 debut, ‘Starspawn’.

The space-metal themes that they deal in could seem like a gimmick on paper, but, thankfully, this resoundingly isn’t the case, and ‘Hidden History Of The Human Race’, their sophomore effort, sees them hoping to build on their existing momentum.

Opener, ‘Slave Species Of The Gods’, comes roaring straight of the traps, and their take on death metal is melodic, but still punishing, and more importantly fun. This song also builds into a huge sounding riff, with plenty of groove behind it. What’s clear is that this is clearly likely to appeal to both younger and older metal fans, even if it’s inspired by old school death metal. The drumming of Isaac Faulk is particularly strong throughout the record too, acting as a driving force behind much of it.

‘The Giza Power Plant’ starts off as rip-roaring as before, keeping you firmly in your seat, and the band’s depth is clearly on show when we move into the psychedelic section, complete with Eastern-inspired guitar lines. This also succeeds in getting you in a trance-like state of mind, and at the same time melds into a sludgy beast. We then have a spidery riff to get momentum going again, and we end with the band out for blood. They’ve also mastered the art of build-ups as much as the all-out carnage, which is important for any metal band wanting to stay in the game for long.

Blood Incantation clearly ooze inventiveness and talent, but there’s just one thing they may need to iron out a bit. During ‘Inner Paths (To Outer Space)’, and halfway through the ambitious closer ‘Awakening From The Dream Of Existence To The Multidimensional Nature Of Our Reality (Mirror Of The Soul)’, we’re treated to a wall of sound effects. As much as the swooshy sound-effect-laden sections are there to perhaps provide respite and variation, there are moments where sections like this derail the energy as a listening experience. There’s simply no need for these to be longer than a minute. But, when they return to their signature death metal assault, it almost feels worth it. When Blood Incantation are at the top of their game, they’re frankly impossible to ignore.

All minor niggles aside, this is a very fresh sounding extreme metal album that just nails all aspects of death metal you know and love, and simultaneously provides a fresh take on it. ‘Hidden History Of The Human Race’ should raise Blood Incantation‘s profile even more, and deservedly so.