Onrushing soundwall death metal band Incantation merge influences from their first three albums on “Propitiation,” an advance track from the forthcoming album Sect of Vile Divinities to be released on August 21, 2020. This album shows Incantation exploring its doom-death roots while keeping its streamlined songwriting format from recent albums.
“Propitiation” opens with a dirge rhythm similar to that of Mayhem “The Freezing Moon,” layered with brief lead melody played softly much like the trademark pinch harmonics of this foundational doom-death band which stays on the death side, and then ventures into the classic New York Death Metal uphill trudge, upon which lead rhythm playing using harmonies to the trudge riff expand.
The band then moves into its main theme, a somewhat dramatic chromatic rhythm which expands in alternating textures of rigid mid-paced death with brief melodic highlights and faster, tremolo-strummed versions that pick up energy and push the song along. After a lead rhythm solo, the song fades out into a doom metal styled harmonized riff based on the main theme, at which point the song trails off into endless obscurity before ending somewhat abruptly.
Although brief, this song shows an introduction to the new Incantation sound: the tighter, radio rock like structures which pair nicely with video coupled with some of the floodwater roar of previous albums, and then a melodic doom conclusion much like that used on the third album, albeit simpler and more strictly paired to the main theme. This reminds me of the last Slayer, and it should be interesting to see where the band take this in an album format.