Album Review: Hidden History of the Human Race by Blood Incantation
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How best to ruin this festive cheer? Why, death metal, of course! Raw, psychedelic, muscular, horrifying, relentlessly fucking grim death metal! For today's consideration, we have the new album from Blood Incantation , Denver's very own answer to one of life's greatest questions: "What would Morbid Angel sound like if they didn't turn shit after Domination?" Do you need an original, inventive Christmas gift for your loved ones? Do they enjoy horror movies but spend too long listening to Disney music? Are you sick of giving people average, forgettable gifts? Why not try something different this year? Hidden History of the Human Race is four tracks long, and is as mind-meltingly, neck-achingly, head-bangingly perfect a metal album as you're ever likely to hear. It's the aural equivalent of watching Aliens in a sensory deprivation chamber, off your nut on acid: Space is where the action happens, but it's not the space you tell kids about. It's hostile and desolate and cold and full of horrific alien life that's hell-bent on ramming its egg-depositors right down your throat until you burst from the inside.
Many old school revivalists have risen out of the death metal underground recently, but perhaps none so enigmatic as Blood Incantation. The Denver, CO quartet made first contact through a string of demos and a split with Spectral Voice, but it was their acclaimed debut, Starspawn, that moved them closer to world domination.
Their latest album, Hidden History of the Human Race, is in many ways a sequel to their seismic debut, but it's more the Empire Strikes Back kind than a Lost World: Jurassic Park type of sequel. The cosmic themes and ….
Death metal glories in ugliness--rhythm guitars the texture of churned shit, leads like pig squeals, vocals like reverse peristalsis. But Blood Incantation do beautiful things with that ugliness. Their ugliness moves; within 40 minutes on their second album Hidden History of the Human Race, the Denver quartet brings death metal to exalted places, places it hardly ever goes, without ever losing the essential, foul tang of the sound.