Originally born in Manaus, Brazil, by the mind of Daniel Silva (guitar and vocals), INCARCERATION moved to Hamburg, Germany, and joined forces with Björn Freese (bass) and Michael Kock (drums). Thus, they infected the Death Metal underground with their EP "Sacrifice", released in 2013 in all the possible formats by F.D.A. Records and Dawnbreed Records. Those three songs got a positive feedback almost everywhere, so the wait for a following and longer work was huge. I can just say it now, "Catharsis" will not disappoint at all and was worth the wait! They didn't change the style that marked out their previous stuff, so it's still thrashy old school Death Metal with no compromises. The simple notes of 'The Beckoning' introduce the opening track 'Evoking The Possession': just 1:45 minutes with a main killer riff that you'll hardly keep out of your head. Similarly, with 'Devouring Darkness' and 'Infernal Suffering' INCARCERATION show us how to write solid songs without any chord progression but just with a few changes of drum patterns. 'Chaos and Blasphemy' has a kind of BOLT THROWER start, maybe too long, but it suddenly returns to the fast beat with extreme aggression until the end. The acoustic interlude 'Purification' is placed here as a temporary cease-fire, so 'Obsessed By Death' brings again the violence with the coolest riff of the album in the middle of the song, and it's time to headbang! 'Neverending Agony' starts with a great double bass drum pattern, then there is the usual verse / chorus structure before a concluding mid-paced part. There is time for another short acoustic guitar composition, 'Resignation', before the longest track of the album: 'Into The Blackest Void' begins and slow increases their own intensity; when Daniel Silva starts to sing, a sequence of fast and slow riffs come in succession but the second half of the song is actually a fading funereal end. Well, INCARCERATION can be satisfied of this work, it's a good first full-length. The short length can be justified by the bare and raw kind of Death Metal which this Brazilian / German trio play so proudly. The production is also very good, all the instruments are well mixed and guitars sound heavy as fuck! Daniel Silva's voice is maybe the most distinctive element of this band, it's not a classic growl or scream, but it's fuckin' visceral and intense anyway! These guys quote NIHILIST, REPUGNANT, REPULSION, SADISTIC INTENT, SLAYER and SEPULTURA as influences, I would add also MERCILESS and SADUS (INCARCERATION are less technical of course), but they manage very well the genre with total attitude and "Catharsis" is the proof. So come on, and follow their facebook page at: www.facebook.com/incarceration. Their fantastic label F.D.A. Records can be supported here: www.fda-records.com.
- INCARCERATION - Sacrifice - by Hacker