BEHEADED - Beast Incarnate
February 26, 2017, 10 months ago
Incredibly solid album here from Malta death metal crew Beheaded, who here on their fifth album lay down solid brutal death metal with a slight technical edge. The secret to their success on Beast Incarnate is that it never gets too tech, it never gets too brutal-DM, and the production isn’t jarring like it normally is for bands of this ilk, everything sounding punchy in a slightly raw, kinda Incantation- and Immolation-loving way. Speaking of those bands, some songs here, such as killer mid-album back-to-back cuts “Reign Of The Headless King” and “The Black Death”, do indeed go down to the sewers where those bands live; when Beheaded drop to a sludgier tempo, it’s a powerful sound, one that I wish the band would utilize more often.
Then again, lots of bands doing the Immolation thing these days; Beheaded are smart in a way to not dwell on that sound too much, drowning the listener in sludge but then smacking them upside the head with quick bursts of wake-up! DM that sound perfect sandwiched in between the slower sounds here. Good call making this one on the shorter side too; this 41-minute album is over before I can even find Malta on a map, inviting me back for repeat listens, which will most certainly happen.