|Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Metal Mind Productions (2010), Nuclear Blast Records
March 30th, 2007 / November 17th, 2003
Release length: 44:01
Incinerate is about what one would expect from Dew-Scented, except the band seems to be a little more furious in their compositions this time around. Of course, the performance itself is still as energetic as on previous recordings, but there seems to be a stronger focus on creating a more aggressive atmosphere for the music through some more complex Death Metal guitars and blistering drumming that varies between utilizing blast beats, technical precision to accompany the more Death Metal oriented guitars, as well as traditional two-step. All of this comes together and is just thrown at the listener through the screaming vocal approach similar to that of material on any The Haunted album. However, for as aggressive as this release is, there winds up being a good amount of repetition cropping up throughout the album as well.
The album starts off with the instrumental track “Exordium”, which builds up to, as well as bleeds into, the first actual song of the album: “Vanish Away”. This song is a furious Thrash assault that nicely blends some the heavier Death Metal influence with Thrash, as well as jumping between both styles. This also becomes the source of the first hint of repetition, as there is a slower chugging progression that appears throughout the song, acting as a bridge and utilizes the stereo recording have each riff played go from left speaker, to righ speaker, repeating until the bridge itself is done. This same exact bridge is utilized again on the single “That’s Why I Despise You”, but it is used more in the latter, as well as acts as the songs introduction, but has a little more built onto it when it winds up being played slightly longer. “Final Warning” winds up having some repetition in the vocals, as there are traces of the repetitive, deeper in the mix shouting that is utilized in that song at certain times.
While much of Incinerate comes at the listener at a fast pace, there are some tracks that manage to break that basic composition, bringing the music down to a slower speed, but still packing the same kind of energetic performance and bite that the faster tracks have. The start of the album seems to be focused solely on speed, whereas the second half of the album, starting with “Perdition for All”, sees things slow down a little more. “Perdition for All” starts it all by bringing a mid-tempo to the music through a rather simple composition that is enhanced by some slightly complex guitars and a great solo. “Now or Never”, however, brings everything to more of a crawl, relying more on the drumming to push the song along at the start, which is done well through fantastic fills and crashes, but the song does manage to pick up speed as it progresses, shifting between a somewhat faster then mid-tempo pace, but returning back to the slower crawling pace to only build back up to that speed again rather quickly.
But aside the slower tracks that find themselves half way through the release, there are still plenty of solid songs on here, even if the fury behind them does seem to be replicated on other tracks. “Vanish Away” makes a very impressive start to the album, and welcomes the listener nicely to the much harsher sound that Dew-Scented intends to put the listener through this time, and “That’s Why I Despise You” may have some repetitive guitars, but the song has an underlying Groove feel to the song that will have much of it stuck in your head for days to come, plus how can one argue with the lyrics to that song, which many Metal fans today can relate to? “Now or Never” works out as a stand out song as well thanks to that slow to fast then repeat progression the band utilizes, breaking up some of the monotony and being a little more creative then some of the straight forward intense one-speed tracks on here. The guest performance of Kreator vocalist Mille Petrozza sounds great with the music of “Retain the Scars”, but sadly comes off a little less energetic, as well as monotone except for the last word of the line he performs. While this isn’t anything new for him, it just seems to lack any real emphasis on his part. Gus G. of Firewind and Jeff Waters of Annihilator also perform lead solos on the track “Perdition for All”, and they simply sound flawless and work well for the intensity of the music itself.
While this edition doesn’t seem to be listed anywhere, it clearly makes for a nice collectable, though the UK version clearly has more to it by one track. Basically, the song list on this disc follows the European disc closely, but finds the song “The Torrent” omitted for some reason. Either way this bonus disc captures six rare tracks and covers, and makes for a nice companion disc. The re-recording of “Skybound” makes the song sound a lot better then the original, as well as focuses on bringing it into the more heavier and evil sound that Incinerate brings to the listener, though the original was always a great song to begin with. “Let it Die” makes for a good original, though feels a little weak compared to the material on this release, but the cover of the Metallica classic “Hell Militia” gets a nice spin from Dew-Scented‘s signature sound, and the cover of the Slayer track “War Ensemble” is remarkably similar to the original, but finds the band adding their own edge to the song.
Incinerate is one of six Dew-Scented releases to be reissued in 2010 by Metal Mind Productions. This album was originally released back in 2007, and if you look around, it’s rather easy to find still. It’s a little odd for this one to get the star treatment from Metal Mind, but it goes through the ropes like the rest of their reissues. The artwork is about the same, the audio quality is just a little bit sharper due to the gold disc it is issued on and how they often make the audio just a little clearer if not remastered or house the original master tracks. Of course this release also comes in a digipack that is strictly limited to two thousand numbered copies, making it a nice collectable piece for fans of the band, and also features one page of liner notes from the band.
Unlike the UK or even Japanese Special Editions of this album, this reissue only features three bonus tracks, whereas the UK edition features seven. The reason for this is that Metal Mind has split up those tracks and placed them throughout the band’s four most recent in this six disc reissue set. So, while this edition is lacking the bonus material that was present on one single bonus disc, the label managed to keep this reissue as a one disc set, though making it a little more important to buy the others in the set to get all of the tracks available. Outside the enjorable “Let it Die”, “In Flames” and “Fuck Armageddon…This is Hell”, there is an addition to this edition of Incinerate that doesn’t appear on either Special Edition, and that would be the inclusion of the music video “That’s Why I Despise you”. While you can easily find this video on the web, it’s a nice touch for those without a high speed internet connection, but have a computer handy none the less. While this may seem like a waste, it does wind up completing the entire Dew-Scented collection from Metal Mind, and besides that, given how recent some of these are that feature the tracks from the bonus discs, chances are good that those buying the latter three albums in this set are getting them for collectable purposes anyhow.
Incinerate is perhaps the tightest the band is going to be, though there is still some room for exploration and work on some additional concepts that offer some variety to the music. This effort nicely shows the band’s talent to create intense music, as well as to make songs that show a little more creativity then just straight forward evil-sounding fast paced music. Fans of Dew-Scented will not be disapointed by this release, and hopefully the band will branch off a little more then what has been presented here for their next album. Of all the versions available, however, the UK edition stands tall with it’s extensive track list, but the professional approach of the 2010 reissue by Metal Mind simply cannot be ignored, especially if you have the other five releases.
01. Exordium (Intro) – 0:57
02. Vanish Away – 3:41
03. Final Warning – 3:08
04. That’s Why I Despise You – 3:08
05. The Fraud – 2:59
06. Into the Arms of Misery – 4:04
07. Perdition for All – 4:00
08. Now or Never – 4:49
09. Aftermath – 2:58
10. Everything Undone – 3:56
11. Contraddictions – 3:18
12. Retain the Scars – 5:01
13. Exitus (Outro) – 2:00
Disc Two (Special Edition)
|Original Pressing Score: 7/10
Special Edition Score: 8.5/10
2010 Reissue Score: 8/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds
Additional 2010 Reissue review copy provided by Metal Mind Productions.