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Ares Kingdom: Incendiary
Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Nuclear War Now! Records
January 26th, 2010
Release length: 49:06
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Ares Kingdom is a Death and Thrash Metal act from Missouri that formed back in 1996. Since then, they have issued a three demos, as well as EP releases, and a compilation of b-sides and some of the earlier material. However, in this time span, the band has only put out on full-length album prior to this, their 2010 effort Incendiary. Has the four year wait for the new full length, with one EP released in that time span, worth the wait?

To put it simply, yes. Incendiary is an impeccable assault that any fan of fast-paced intense Metal will surely love. One listen to the intense title track “Incendiary” is enough to make you realize that this is going to be one of those releases that holds nothing back. But, while a good chunk of the tracks on here are intense, the band also shows that they can be creative past creating simply a heavy vibe to the music. While “Descent of Man” and “Silent Mortal Flesh (Convergence)” will have you making your own circle pit wherever you may be with it’s pounding drums and Thrash based guitar riffs fused with some Death Metal structure, it’s the slower track “Ashen Glory” that will stick in your head thanks to it’s slower pace and melodic moments. The rest of the album pretty much follows suit here, just without the melody shown in “Ashen Glory”.

The only downfalls to Incendiary would be the title track. While “Incendiary” is one of the more powerful and faster tracks off the release, the problem lies in the drumming. It sounds almost as if the drums cannot keep up with the music, or possibly were recorded while alcohol was involved since some of the change ups sound as if they are off timed. This becomes increasingly noticable when you continue through the release and hear how the drumming is on the rest of tracks, and how spot on it is with the rest of the band. The other issue is the track “Gathering the Eagles” and it’s somewhat lackluster Black Metal tinged appeal. The track is a driven mostly by simple chords, coming off as more of a battle anthem, but the only real excitement to the song really comes from the intense guitar solo, which is no shocker since all of them on this release are amazing. “Abandon in Place” is another track that had potential, and really there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just that after a while the song becomes a little repetative thanks to the eight minute length as you wait for it to close out, which saves the song thanks, once again, to the guitar solo.

Incendiary is an amazing album that goes straight for the juggular with it’s intense tracks. It’s only the last roughly eighteen minutes of the release where the slower tracks reside, as well as the album’s rough start with the title track, that hold this album back from being a classic. The way the band chooses to end the album is not a bad way to go, but will become the only tracks outside of “Incendiary” and the well done “Ashen Glory” that you’ll wind up skipping past on future releases. So, if you want more of a bite in your Thrash today, or Metal in general, then Incendiary is definately worth your time to check it out.

01. Incendiary – 3:36
02. Descent of Man – 7:19
03. The Destruction of Sennacherib (Instrumental) – 2:24
04. Silent Mortal Flesh (Convergence) – 5:02
05. Ashen Glory – 6:04
06. Beasts That Perish – 7:04
07. Consigned to the Ages (Instrumental) – 2:43
08. Gathering the Eagles – 6:51
09. Abandon in Place – 8:03
Overall Score: 5.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Nuclear War Now! Records.