Incantation – Profane Nexus

Like their peers in Immolation, Obituary, Deicide and Gorguts amongst others, Incantation have carved a style out of death metal that now, almost three decades after forming, can be safely called their own-Even with seemingly countless copycats attempting to rejuvenate the originality of the band’s musical focus. That said, Incantation’s peak was essentially the 90s, where albums such as Onward to Golgotha displayed such a malevolent, creative sonic force that it was hard not to get hooked into the band’s hellish, chaotic world.


This year sees a return from Incantation in the form of latest album Profane Nexus, a record which unfortunately is marred by monotonousness rather than the powerhouse the band have been known for in the past. The first half is ultimately the catalyst for this, songs such as opener “Muse” and “Visceral Hexahedron” displaying none of the Oomph factor that made Incantation’s most classic albums so brilliant. Here, we have a very run-of-the-mill experience, where little change in pace and the same plodding rhythm seems to be at centre stage. What’s worse is that even the weakest songs on Profane Nexus are essentially Incantation doing-or attempting-what they are known for in the death metal world. Once “Xipe Totec” begins however, something seems to have sparked a convulsive frenzy in the songwriting department, and it arrives with a pacier, more aggressive assault as opposed to the so-so leftovers of the album’s bland first half. It’s still very much Incantation by the numbers, but it also gives the listener something to headbang to, rather than sit there and force themselves through the recording. “Lus Sepulcri” continues this improvement with chunky hooks and an unforgettable delicious groove, and “Messiah Nostrum” (perhaps the best cut from Profane Nexus) displays a snapshot of Incantation’s most daring musicianship, where guitar work is twisted and contorted into almost unrecognizable forms.


The second half of Profane Nexus, if anything, displays a few examples of Incantation at their very best, and even points towards the idea that they do have another excellent album in them. Unfortunately, this latest release bears unbalanced quality, and has as many bland, uninspired tracks as it does death metal classics. That said, the whole experience shouldn’t bother you if you already know and love Incantation for what they do. If you haven’t listened to the band before and want to know why they have achieved the status they have in death metal, check their 90s releases.



Released: August 11th, 2017


  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





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