This album is the least talked about and is terribly underrated. Well there are a few reasons for this. First, the band's first release tends to attract more attention than other albums and clearly here "Onwards to Golgotha" overshadows this classic.
And finally, there is something about this album's guitaring and vocals, that doesn't seem to be easily digestible even for veteran death metal fans. The album begins with "Demonic Incarnate"the intro of which reminds you of a typical old school brutal death metal band.
For a moment, you tend to think that they will be using the same formula that was used by Suffocation in "Effigy of the Forgotten". As the song progresses the ultra fast blastbeat drumming, double bass pounding and fast guitar riffs are replaced by mid-paced death metal song structure at around 2. The tempo completely changes and gives way to heavy crushing doomy riffs and slow pounding of the snares and the cymbals accompanied with unbelievably low vocals of Craig Pillard.
As almost every reviewer of this album has mentioned the vocal prowess of Craig Pillard, I am no exception. Believe me, its the most low, sick, unintelligible and guttural vocals ever achieved in metal. We all have heard of low vocals of Mortician, Convulse, Skinless, Gorement but this is way way better. They use the above mentioned formula time and again in other songs too. You never know what you will experience next. The shifts from brutal death metal to doom metal and vice-versa is almost orgasmic and keeps the listener guessing and gasping for more!
Following the style quite similar to the vocals, the guitar tone is downtuned beyond belief imparting an incredibly heavy and demonic sound to the album throughout. I have always been a fan of downtuned guitar tones, be it Suffocation, Winter, Disembowelment or Deathevokation, I feel it helps to add a more dark, gloomy and brutal sound to the record.
It seems like the band is averse to the use of solos, but take my word for it, you don't feel the need for solos in this record. The album is full of memorable riffs. There is an Autopsy worship here and there, but the guitar riffs on this album can give even "Mental Funeral" a run for its money. The riffs in the middle of the song "Iconoclasm to Catholicism" and at 1.
They don't last long but they leave an indelible imprint on the listener. The bass riffs are cool too and are clearly audible in the background supporting the vocals and guitar riffs well to create a magical experience. The drumming needs a special mention here. There are very few albums in metal that use drums perfectly to create an atmosphere. I can count them on my fingers. Incantation follow the same principle and use the drumming to perfection to impart an atmosphere of impending doom to devour the listener.
This is one feature that was lacking in most of their album including "Onwards to Golgotha". Listen to the intro of the songs "Abolishment of Immaculate Serenity" and "Demonic Incarnate" and you get an idea about the variety of the drumming used.
Whenever Roe is playing in mid-paced sections he tends to use toms and snare to perfection and as soon as he goes berserk on bass drums in the faster parts he changes gears to high-hat-snare-cymbal fills. The band uses anti-christian lyrical themes and most of the songs are quite short lyrically but there are few classy lines in few songs. Although none of the lines are decipherable while listening to the growls of Craig Pillard, but reading it gives an insight about the band's lyrical skills.
Here are a few lines from Ibex Moon. It was indeed recorded twice by Relapse records and the result was quite good. Every instrument sounds crystal here, and the best Album) is that drums and bass are Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne (CD drowned among vocals and guitars like in OTG.
Although old school fans don't really whine about production values much, but when you do have options no one will complain either. This is one of the reasons why I rate this album better than their previous magnum opus. I really hate the idea of "My favorite album evaaaaah! Album), that's saying a lot! Even after more than about listens of this album, it sounds as fresh as ever every time I listen to it and there is always a new riff, roll or "OMG moments" that I discover.
If you have probably already heard this album and don't appreciate it much, then I would recommend to give it multiple listens before discarding it as "just another death metal release". I have recently ordered this album and it will be a diamond in my collection. You can get "Upon The Throne of Apocalypse" too which is basically a re-released version of the album with reverse track order.
Highlights - Ibex Moon, Abolishment Of Immaculate Serenity, Blissful Bloodshower it lasts just for 51 seconds but delivers one of the most brutal death metal songs you would have heardDemonic Incarnate.
I bought this album in HMV, for the sole reason that anything remotely obscure is usually exiled from their long rows of generic nonsense. Having never listened to Incantation before, I took the word of my web-elders and risked a massive disappointment when I returned home. My very first impression of the band was confused. They were like Autopsy but with less mastery of their instruments. The similarities are all there, their doom metal passages and their sudden bursts of speed and the over-riding quality of the drums but somehow the texture felt completely different.
However, as with anything, it grows on you, and as you find yourself anticipating the next note you forget about the little peculiarities. The drums stand out the most, mainly because the guitar riffs are prolonged or re-used so often that the drums are the only means of providing diversity. Roe pounds seven shades of shit out of the bass drum, relays some great and tasteful blast beats and I was also pleased to hear a regular usage of the toms.
Nothing spectacular but no one likes a show off. Either way, the music and themes exist in harmony so overall the album works for the best part. It is brutal, gloomy metal that you should definitely check out. As per usual, the lyrics are presented in the form of a bestial growl, low enough to avoid ridicule and high enough to avoid being a monotonous murmur. As perfect as growling can be, no less.
Unlike the ramblings of most anti-Christian bands which pass for lyrics these days, Incantation take a more poetic, quasi-mature, black metal stance when writing lyrics. The absence of profanities is admirable also. However, Incantation is no such band. The songs remain unchanged for long periods of time save the fills where they play a similar riff higher up on the fret board and you can find yourself either bored or captivated.
But there is a time and a place for this kind of music. The reason is maybe because it sounds so dark and evil, so not everyone can get into it. I can't remember any other album that sounds similar to this. I'll try to describe it with words, but you can Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne - Ibex Throne (CD know how it sounds if you listen to it.
The vocals are very low and brutal and they are fulfilling the music perfectly. Music isn't technical at all, but it is not the point here. The main thing is atmosphere and I can tell you that you will hardly find any other death metal album which sounds dark as this one.
If you are tired of death metal bands that are just trying to sound more brutal or technical get this album and you will not be disappointed.
The production is also great. It sounds very dark and raw, but every instrument can be heard. Even the bass is very audible which is very rare on death metal albums.
My favorite songs are "Demonic Incarnate" and "Nocturnal Dominium" the best death metal song ever in my opinionbut the others sounds great too. The last song on album "Abolishment Of Immaculate Serenity" is very slow song and it is closing the album perfectly. I recommend this album to everyone who like dark music, be it death or black metal, or even dark ambient. Enjoy it. This heavy bass driven death metal cd reminds me of other notable acts. Just take the speed of Suffocation and add the slowness of Disembowelment and what do you get.
Presto Incantation! Incantation's production is actually loud and audible. The main feature is bass and plenty of it. Between the low vocals, to the ship sinking riffs, to the gigantic demolition hammers we have Mortal Throne's production. The pace on this cd interchanges quite frequently. Ranging from quick blast beats to mid pace sections and to spice it up they throw in some crunching doom riffs.
Which extend all over the fretboard of the guitar. A common riff will play the same rhythm a few measures and then use higher pitched notes for a fill.
Also they change up the jukebox with fresh quarters by utilizing slowed down palm mutes or singly hit power chords in between tremolo picked riffs. And the other side of hell uses single note riffs by diving below your tortured plateau and exceeding to lower plodding depths. Vocally Pillard hits extreme lows. On their debut 'Onward to Golgotha' he sounds more like Dolan from Immolation. But on Mortal Throne he sounds like a Rahmer from Mortician. For the most part he is rather monotonous.
He doesn't really extend to a scream or an "ewwah" to start a riff. Basically it is like a slow moving tank. How it arrives and you hear it coming. The sound being the loudest when passing but also faded when leaving.
The drumming on this one when blasting mainly just adds super amounts of cymbal fills. But when going slower Roe utilizes the toms by adding quick rolls. And also adds double bass occasionally but it isn't his emphasis to do go ridiculously technical. The best thing about Mortal Throne is it is actually headbangable! Unlike other acts. I'm looking at you Deranged Incantation's trick to doing this is by adding slower, mid-paced sections and a fair amount of breaks. So it isn't total continuous blasting.
The only other small complaints are the ridiculously low vocals. In some respect it adds an evil and deep vibe to the music. But on some parts, because he just kind of rumbles without rhyme or reason ends up occasionally in awkward places. But Incantation proves this "noise" can be put into very productive ways. By creating a single deep heavy sound with variety thrown into a melting pot. And what comes out is brutal death metal with a hint of doom in this early 90's release that shall be the marching drums to your death!
Metal Archives loading I can walk amongst you and I can be social and friendlyto the people I know, but on the other hand I can kill them without reason or remorse. It's a fine line of insanity and genius and I think our music is on that fine line. I'm not being egotistical, but realistic. I beleive that our music represents most of all, the utter hatred for organized relgion and mostly that is directed to the Judeo-Christian regime.
They must be stopped! Only then will all mortals finally realize an honourable age of darkness and nobility. Many people say that this is a waste of time to go up against the Christians, many of these people are active in the Black Metal scene, I think these people are concerned with being too "cool" or "different" to stand up for any kind of cause.
Hmmm, nothing as far as external stimuli is utilized in our crafting of hymns. The inspiration comes from our know how and our minds, this is the music we create from the bottom of our black hearts. Musically as far as influences go and bands that brought me on the path to create my own and personal music goes from old Mayhem up to old Slayer.
These bands were the fruition of my path to metal, and I think they are the most relevant and first to mind at this moment. And why do you think this is so under rated? It's always been here, I just think everyone is craving real shit and now that Norway has nothing to offer people are looking elsewhere. I liked it better when we didn't get as much attention as we do now, but I can say that it is somewhat gratifying to be recognized.
Most faggots are so ignorant and will dismiss American Black Metal because of name alone, that's alright though, we don't want weak minded band wagon Norway loving pussies on our side. There has always been a great tradition of black metal here, even at the same time the Black Circle thing in Norway happened, but due to the ever-present death metal scene it never really happened in a big way. And also the latest Absu album is one of the most vile and vicious albums ever to be released, buy that today or suffer What prompted you to re-release your demos as a CD?
High demand and low inital print runs I'm not sure, I would hope that Fenriz, Zephyrous and Nocturno Culto would appreciate it as it is a tribute to their great music and legacy. I could give a fuck less how the fool Satyr-panties at Moonfag Shitturds would care about it. How does the new music you're recording for the upcoming split with craft compare to the music you have released on the demos? Much faster, vile, heavier and aggressive then our previous efforts I hope so, time will only tell And finally what are the plans for the future of Ibex Throne?
Our upcoming 10" split with Craft "Nihlistic Death War" will be available very soon, this release is very much anticpated as I have been getting 50 emails every couple of weeks for the past year about it. Tshirts of both the vinyl and CD of our album covers will be made available soon, and also the debut album itself which will be out soon, Album), then a most vicious 7" entitled Waging Our Dark War out in late winter.
Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule, Any final words you'd like to send out to the readers? Sure why not, everybody reading this, put all your feelings deep inside and grab the nearest knife or bludgeon, make sure you wear a big trenchcoat and hood. That night walk amongst the streets of where you live and murder the first human being you see, make sure you do this at late night, and don't do anything stupid like dropping the knife!
Make sure you have a sock to stuff in your victims mouth, if you have no socks, duct tape or your hand will suffice as well. Repeat this method everynight until Samhain, then please join us in our annual Samhain live performance where we will all have a lovely barbecue with plenty of beer, guts, fog and darkness, write me at ibexthrone hotmail.
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