Incarnated have been around since 1992 and have released a whole bunch of demos, splits and 2 full-lengths in the past 13 years or so (first demo in 1993.) Unfortunately I had never heard of them before. Shame on me!
This is raw old school Death/Grind, a lot like Squash Bowels or Dead Infection. Not a very big surprise, since Incarnated hails from
The info-sheet compares it to old school Swedish Death metal. I can partially agree with that, it has a bit of a Dismember/old Entombed kind of feel to it, but Incarnated is much faster and more brutal. It doesn’t really matter, because this is a very nice album. It sounds very raw and authentic, not digital that is. This really fits the music, since it’s supposed to be old school. The drums sound very hasty and aggressive. Drummer Barthosh uses a lot of fast fills, which give his blast beats a sort of nervous ADHD feeling (this is a good thing by the way.)The guitar riffs are mostly fast and played on open strings. The bass rumbles like a hurricane and the slightly pitch-shifted vocals rage over it like a demon trying to come out of your stereo to rip your heart out and eat it in front of you.
This brings me to the artwork: a photo of a bunch of organs, just lying around. Looks human, but it’s probably a pig or a cow. The album title might suggest these guys are supporting the meat industry, but I don’t think most people like to see their food displayed all bloody and uncut, before it’s wrapped in plastic. Whatever, it looks pretty gross, like a Death Metal album cover should be. I only have the promo, so no lyrics, but I bet those are quiet disgusting too. I like the title Life Organs Transplantation (maybe the band was watching Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life?)
The last tree songs are bonus tracks from a promo dating from 1997. I can hear these songs are from another recording session, cause they have a bit less impact than the other songs. But they still sound very good, it's not one of those promo's that sound like they were recorded in a bathroom. Nice addition to the album.
This is not the most original band in the world and they probably never set out to be. It’s just a great Death/Grind band, who released a very good album. Can’t wait to see them live, I bet their mosh-pits end in total carnage!
2. Blood For Blood
3. Life Organs Transplantation
4. Blood Sign
5. Dead House
6. Human Meat
7. Disturbance Of Consciousness
8. Oscullum Obscenum
11. Genetic Deformations
12. Rotten Visions
13. Your Mad Mind