INCANTATION - Primordial Domination
Released: October 16th, 2006 | Label: Listenable | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Target

01. Primordial Domination
02. The Fallen Priest
03. Dissolute Rule/Begin Apocalypse
04. Hailed Babylon
05. Lead to Desolation
06. Doctrines of Reproach
07. The Stench of Crucifixtion
08. Extirpated Dominus
09. Conquered God

The new and seventh Incantation album Primordial Domination is not an effort that differs a whole lot from what the band has previously put out. The trio continues with their unholy and obscure death metal, and Primordial Domination is also the logical successor to the previous effort Decimate Christendom.

But I do spot a few differences now and then. The music has continuously become a little more catchy with each album, and Primordial Domination is the culmination of that evolution. The music is some of the most vibrant and diverse that the Americans have put out to date. Whereas they relied mainly on speed earlier on, it's like they've gone in the opposite direction to a large degree. This hasn't happened from one album to another, but it has become evident on the latter records. Another thing is that the ultra low vocals that have been a trademark of the band isn't that low anymore. The vocals are still far from understandable, but they are not quite as brutal as they used to be. Despite of all these things, the distinct Incantation sound is intact. It's nice to hear that the band has been able to evolve a little without compromising the musical framework of the band.

For the diehard Incantation fan there's a couple of minor surprises to be found on Primordial Domination, but if you're not a major fan of the band, then these things will probably go unnoticed by. While Primordial Domination is nothing revolutionary, it's still proof of that Incantation is still a band with its justification.

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