Blood Incantation are simply put, one of the very best underground bands going at it for the death metal scene. After seeing them live weeks ago with Immolation, they’ve became one of the strongest, consistent and magnificent performances I’ve ever seen being a longtime fan of the genre. Blood Incantation are easily put, one of my top ten favorite bands of all time and I was simply honored to even witness them live in person. After seeing them grow from the first EP in 2015’s Interdimensional Extinction to their debut full-length from Dark Descent Records Starspawn released in 2016, both releases really showcased that death metal has never felt so dynamic, naturalistic and astonishing using elements of technical, atmospheric, old school and traditional sounding death metal worked magnificently well from these Coloradans.
After the massive success from Starspawn, we have the latest chapter in the Blood Incantation discography titled Hidden History Of The Human Race. Now, I’m not going to judge the album’s title because of the controversies but the music is more important to interpret and analyze than anything else. And let’s just say this, Hidden History Of The Human Race is another fantastic entry not because of the growth, maturity and finding their ways to incorporate styles, changes and increased the musicianship to whole new level, but they’ve really captured a production so organic that these guys have been blowing up sky high in the scene for quite sometime now.
Songs range from understandable death metal with brutalized riffs, face-melted guitar solos, old school death metal styling, and technical showmanship to the everlasting frequent innovation that may not entirely be a necessity, but shows reinvention and succumbing technical skills that are cavernous, thematic, pummeling and intentionally straightforward death metal signature variations. The album focuses on mid-paced tremolos and a far cry evoking doom passages that truly shine twisted, assaulting and monstrous transitions that are leveling above a genre spectrum; showing quality and particularly speculative dynamics are that are well executed.
These songs provide technical, proficient, prowess and identify dangerous territories where Blood Incantation pulled off a comprehensible album, showing monumental and memorable standouts but for this album it really shows how far they’ve came as a band to share their influences from Gorguts, Timeghoul, Demilich, Morbid Angel and slight traces of Immolation, with elements of death/ doom atmospheres. Not to mention this album also introduces a special guest known as Antti Boman whom you may best know him as one of the most influential singers in Finnish Death Metal history known as Demilich for the masterpiece instrumental Inner Paths (To Outer Space).
But other songs such as Slave Species of the Gods and perhaps my personal favorite track being the epic closure of Awakening from the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul) which is the longest running track clocking at a stunning 18 minutes in duration which is heavily focused on atmosphere, progression and showing quality of how Blood Incantation can easily execute a song without any repetitiveness, losing tone and structure. Overall, Blood Incantation’s Hidden History Of The Human Race have proved themselves to create a refined sound so compromising and unique that most death metal bands struggle to achieve.
Overall Score: 10/10
Review by Jake Butler