Incantation – Profane Nexus

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Relapse Records
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Released: 11th August 2017
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Band line-up:

John McEntee – Guitar/Vocals
Sonny Lombardozzi – Lead Guitar
Chuck Sherwood – Bass
Kyle Severn – Drums


1. Muse
2. Rites Of The Locust
3. Visceral Hexahedron
4. The Horns Of Gefrin
5. Incorporeal Despair
6. Xipe Totec
7. Lus Sepulcri
8. Stormgate Convulsions From The Thunderous Shores Of Infernal Realms Beyond The Grace Of God
9. Messiah Nostrum
10. Omens To The Altar Of Onyx
11. Ancients Arise


Incantation burst back onto the scene after roughly three years, with this sinister brooding ball busting calamity of an album. Having released more albums, EPs and all the rest over the past 27 years than I can count on one hand, (no, make that two and throw in both feet), that shows no lack of dedication on their behalf. Ever since the evil incarnate classic “Onward to Golgotha”, Incantation have been a force to be reckoned with and they certainly show no signs of letting up, even if various band members have come and gone over the years. I feel no need to go into the history of all the line-up changes over time as that is dead shit boring, so onward we shall go, yes indeed to Golgotha if you like.

Heavy as a dumpster full of the rotting limbs of really large people, this album jumps from extreme to extreme. One minute flaying the very flesh from your sinful pathetic body and the next, grinding your face into the dirt with relentless crushing riffery. Vocalist John McEntee provides the voice of a demon intent on punishing you in any way it can, and the rest of the band bring you closer to the maelstrom with each and every song; so much so that by the end of the album you will probably feel like you have been through some sort of Profane Nexus. Add to that a touch of the atmospheric here and there, and you have one hell of a listen ahead of you, not to mention one of the longest song title’s I have laid my weary eyes upon for quite some time.

The amount of force created by both guitarists has to be heard to be believed. The drumming is exceptional and the bass work on this album is also a real standout. Mostly because the bass can become lost on a lot of death metal albums, but here it practically reaches out of the speakers and says FUCK YOU! Like the rumbling of continents shifting. Put simply this is death metal at it’s most extreme. Long time fans will be pleasantly happy (if death metal fans can ever be happy about anything being all staunch and deathly as we are), and newcomers will no doubt find something quite wicked this way has come. Although Incantation can be extremely flat out at times, I found myself absolutely in awe at a lot of the slower sections. As stated, they are nothing short of crushing, take “Omens to the Altar of Onyx” for example.  Sheer deathly goodness. If you don’t have this yet what the fuck are you doing with your life. Onward to the record store I say!

Review by The Great Mackintosh