Genre: Death Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Relapse Records
Year: 2020

“Sect of Vile Divinities” is the soundtrack of a journey into dreams and subconscious through mysticism, mythology, ancient spirits, morbid creatures and death metal. This is the best description I can give about “Sect of Vile Divinities”, the new album from Incantation. More than three decades of blasphemy, ferocity and Death Metal madness have given them the ability to balance between excellent song writing and staying focused on their musical roots. This is how Incantation has consistently remained one of the underground’s most influential and respected artists in the genre. The eerie atmosphere is here, the heavy/doom slow tempos before the storm blasts into the raw and frenetic pummeling rhythms, so as the long and low tuned riffs too. The perfect mixture of unrelenting Death Metal and imposing Funeral Doom. Donny Lombardozzi is not in the band anymore, but he managed to work with the rest on the new album, by sharing his solos and by adding his ideas before Luke Shibely replaced him. You won’t find many differences with their previous effort (3 years ago) “Profane Nexus”. After all Incantation still follow the same unholy and macabre sonic path all these 31 years without many musical changes or the variety of different directions. Grab their the new album and Travel with their music into these places and meet the Sumerian demon Lamashtu in “Ritual Impurity”, the Hindu spirits in “Guardians from the Primeval” or the Balinese mythology and witch Rangda in “Entrails of the Hag Queen”. If you find Moloch in “Propitiation” try to avoid him, but don’t skip, probably the best song in the album (along with «Entrails of the Hag Queen» and «Fury’s Manifesto»). “Sect of Vile Divinities”, isn’t a masterpiece, but still it is one of the most gruesome, most blasphemous and unforgiving albums of the year, definitely.

5/6