Genre: Death Metal/Progressive
Label: Dark Descents
I just love when an album creates soundscapes or brings to my mind a book I love. “Hidden History of the Human Race”belongs in this special kind of records. Even its artwork cover with the 70’s Bruce Pennington’s painting of the alien and the polygon schemes on the background makes me think of many sci-fi books that I have read all these years. Please note that the band had selected this specific artwork for a future work before even record their Starspawn debut album. And it reminds me one of the greatest sci-fi books, the 1953’s “Childhood’s End”. In this science fiction novel written by the British author Arthur C. Clarke, the story follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture. This peaceful alien that we can see on the front cover I guess won’t cause any of that and probably will help Blood Incantation gain a massive acceptance for their latest effort. Or not.
Actually, I believe that they will definitely not get any piece of the cake, as death metal was not born for arenas or charts. A small cameo in a blockbuster comedy is the one and only glory it can taste as a genre… but Blood Incantation’s sophomore album has this quality that makes a record unique and timeless. Even though it has only 4 songs its length is approximately about 35 minutes long. So you can imagine how important is the song structure that is crafted with wisdom in order to avoid being repetitive or boring. Surely the progressive elements that they enclose on the album help their songs to breathe and sound fresh. No I wouldn’t dare to name them Pink Floyd of death metal but certainly they can claim for being bold and proggy without losing their ferocity and brutality. If we have to name a band that their sound is close to, then we have to refer to the mighty Morbid Angel and their labyrinthine compositions and complicated techniques. Their debut was the first hit, a kind a warning that they are here to stay. Now the band has a reason to claim death metal throne. I guess they had some help extraterrestrial for that… but also other factors like the fuckin’ tight guitars with the tons of riffs and the reverb and delay that are always present, or the multiple changes and pauses, or the outstanding drumming that is clear and sounds so analog that it could be described as 70’s like. Speaking of the seventies approach, the entire B’ side of the disc is actually one track (take a breath and read its title “Awakening from the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul)”).
This album is the perfect combination of futuristic aesthetic and analog approaching, “Hidden History of the Human Race” is the must buy of the year. Live it!