“Starspawn” marks the debut full-length release from American death metal band Blood Incantation, with the legendary Dark Descent Records being the label fortunate enough to put forth this monstrous release. Fans of Blood Incantation’s labelmates Phobocosm will dig this album, as it is similar (but certainly not identical) in style. This bands alternates between futuristic, atmosphere-drenched sections, and more standard dissonant death metal. Bands like Immolation and Incantation are certainly a prime influence for the latter sound, and listeners of more modern groups such as Zealotry, Nucleus, and the like will be enthralled with Blood Incantation’s take on this style.
This album is a concise offering, as it barely cracks the 30-minute mark (and 4 of those minutes are an interlude), but this approach is both welcomed and effective. Put simply, you’re not going to get bored at any point on this record because Blood Incantation always has something new to offer. They don’t spend too long with one groove or riff before moving onto the next. The band also doesn’t restrict themselves to one sound either, as they’re able to throw some doom metal into their wide array of death metal riffs. “Vitrification of Blood (Part 1)” clocks in at 13 minutes, and contains just about everything the band has to offer. It isn’t necessarily as straight forward as some of the other songs, but it is a good summary of the record (especially considering it makes up over one-third of the album!).
Blood Incantation doesn’t really do anything wrong on “Starspawn”. The production is near perfect (though it would be nice to hear the guitars a bit more), and the songwriting is on point. There is more than enough diversity to satisfy most listeners, but the band never compromises their sound. The sole interlude, “Meticulous Soul Devourment”, does not add much, but it isn’t a distraction either. Even though this style of death metal is becoming oversaturated, it is still far superior to most other death metal being made right now. Blood Incantation deserves a spot amongst the better bands in this group, and it will be interesting to hear how they follow up this monolithic record!
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"Vitrification of Blood (Part 1)"
4.3/5 or 86%.
Written by Scott