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Review: Incantation - Mortal Throne of the Nazarene
Mortal Throne of the Nazarene

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2013
Originally released in: 1994
Duration: 35:36
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 23, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Mortal Throne of the Nazarene

Rated 4.26/5 (85.14%) (35 Votes)

This is a semi-classic of USDM, only turning up in my queue here because Hell's Headbangers is releasing a vinyl remastered version. This is kind of an odd chapter in the Incantation discography, because apparently the band was not happy with the mix and wanted to do it over, but Relapse refused and released this to much acclaim. The next year the band got a limited pressing of the mix they preferred as Upon the Throne of Apocalypse which is the same songs just in reversed order. Now, I find Upon the Throne... to be so poorly recorded I almost can't stand it, so I'm guessing the original of this sounded even worse than that. I can't say, I never heard it. Incantation are not high on my list, normally.

Remaster or not, this is a solid album, with a deep, gurgly sound and some really killer riffs. This is very much a product of its time, thugging a more Euro Death Metal groove along the lines of Dismember or early Unleashed, with just a dash of the more technical direction Incantation went in later. Thus, I find this much more entertaining than their new stuff.

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