Incantation – Entrantment of Evil Reissue (Hell’s Headbangers)

Thursday, 9th April 2015
Rating: 7/10

The latest album to get the vinyl reissue treatment is that of Incantation’s first release, Entrantment of Evil. Given Incantation’s status within the extreme metal scene, it’s a well-deserved look back in time at the band’s beginnings, even if the extras are a bit minimal.

Those expecting something to standup alongside the classics of Onward to Golgotha or Mortal Throne of Nazarene should keep their expectations in check. While the songs presented here will eventually make their way to Onwards, Entrantment of Evil shows that band a little bit more primal and raw than what they would later become infamous for. Certainly, you can hear the glimpses of the filthy and doomy nature of that would become the band’s trademark, but it’s also a little more “in your face” than what listeners may have come to expect. Some of this is no doubt in part due to Will Rahmer’s vocals (whom you may recognize as one half of Mortician). Vocally speaking, it’s more aggressive than Craig Pillard’s more ominous bellows. Obviously, the production is a bit grittier as well, but it’s more or less a given as it was originally released back in 1990. As an added bonus, “Profanation” is also tacked onto the end of the EP, just in case you needed a little more Incantation for your buck.

While it’s one of those cases where it’s not really mandatory for those who have already heard the EP (as there’s only an addition of one track), it’s worth investigating if one hasn’t been exposed to Entrantment of Evil up to this point. Not to mention that vinyl seekers will be pleased to add it to their collection.

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