When the music starts, it’s a quick tease of heaviness then an epic introduction that reminds me of the Mako Reactor soundtrack from Final Fantasy 7 when you first start the game. When that is done, it’s straight into technical death metal greatness. Spawn of Possession are rather new to me, I’ve never really listened to them before. When they released a single of theirs about a month ago I was swept off of my feet and highly anticipating the release of their album, “Incurso“. Well now it’s here: the first thing you notice is the art. The album art is fucking nuts, I don’t know what that floating thing is but it looks like is has nothing but bad intentions for that dude and the entire world.
Back to the music, you have some of the most exciting and creative song writing since Necrophagist’s “Epitaph“. The riffs are very technical and melodic at the same time and somehow amidst all of that chaos they hold down a very tight rhythmic pattern that is unlike anything I’ve previously heard. Bass guitar has unique patterns and leads as well and what I love about the bass guitar is the fact it’s pretty audible. It’s not overwhelming or behind the drums, it’s perfectly blended with the music. The drums…..I bet drummer Henrik Schönström must put WD-40 on his joints after performing each song because his intensity, speed and savagery is just pushing the limits as to what can be done by a human being on that kit. Vocals are mainly low with some mid-range screaming in there. He does this thing that many tech death bands do and that’s grunt 10,000 words a minute. Growling out words as fast as the double bass drum is going. The band as a whole has created one hell of an album and if you enjoy technical death metal, you’re in for a treat.
Beautifully brutal, Fleshgod Apocalypse have unleashed the intense and unforgiving “Agony” upon our ears. “Temptation” introduces us and sets the tone, as my anxiety and anticipation built, I couldn’t help but move my hand as if I was conducting the symphony. Going straight into “The Hypocrisy”, the beginning of our symphonic death metal journey begins. Incredibly fast drumming, and guitar playing ensues: all with the symphony in the background creating the perfect blend of controlled chaos. Never slowing down, it goes right into “The Imposition” like it was apart of the previous song. The song is incredible and finally you get a breather. The orchestra comes back to close the song and I cannot help but conduct again.
Then ‘boom’; “The Deceit” hits me like a 60,000 lb metal hammer. The guitar riffs are so fast on this album at times I find it unbelievable! I couldn’t do it, not at that speed for as long as they do it. It’s quite impressive in terms of speed and how catchy they still make it. I love the clean vocals that bassist Paolo Rossi pulls off. Paolo brings that vocal style to the party and it fits in so well. Each song is brilliant in terms of execution, speed, use of vocals, symphony and piano. “Agony” is a masterful piece of musicianship and art. Done so well, it flies by: You won’t believe this album is near 50 minutes because it takes you through a musical journey and you get so into it and that time goes by so fast. The title track is an excellent way to ease your brain into relaxation after such a mind blowing experience. It’s the perfect way to end the album. Francesco Ferrini is a great talent behind the keys.
While listening to this, I was indulged…I was into it…I was in a trance. Lost within the majesty that is Agony. I’ve listened to a lot of music and this album is the heaviest this year while still maintaining a beautiful sense of classical genius.
Pros: Everything. Every instrument is flawless. Vocals are intense on both ends of the spectrum.
Cons: If you do not have a proper stereo or headset, your experience will not be the same. There is so much going on and the symphony can be overwhelming at times without proper equipment.
5 out of 5
Best Tracks: All of them, are you kidding?
(Editor’s note: I love what iTunes did for genre placement on this album.)