Thursday, January 30, 2014
Incarceration: Sacrifice (2013)
The music here is a very impressive mix of the early Swedish death metal of Nihilist, Carnage, and Dismember with the more typical South American influences of Morbid Visions-era Sepultura and Sarcofago. It is incredibly fast and intense with breakneck riffs, pounding drums, and hoarse, shouted vocals. The guitars have a little bit of that buzzsaw quality that defined the early Swedish death metal scene, but the attitude and swagger definitely comes from mid-80's Brazilian metal. The three songs presented here are take-no-prisoners barn burners.
The production is a little strange. It has a kind of bizarre echoing quality, like it was recorded in a cave, or a jail cell. Maybe that's where the name comes from. It was a little distracting at first, but over time it is not as noticeable and just adds to the dark atmosphere of the EP. The drums are a bit high in the mix and not really doing enough interesting stuff to be that noticeable.
I am definitely impressed by this band. I will be looking forward to more material by them in the future.