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Incardine - Seeds Of Doom (Reissue)

Seeds Of Doom (Reissue)
by Matt Bozenda at 13 July 2021, 12:45 AM

Hail the reissue; resurrected from years long past, given a digital bath, then sent back out into the only somewhat suspecting world to be loved again. It’s a great method to get celebrated albums back into the public consciousness, as well as to put a spotlight on music that historians may have overlooked. Whatever the situation may be, it’s usually a good idea to do it.

Case in point, Vic Records has re-released INCARDINE’s sole full-length album, “Seeds Of Doom”, some of the earliest work of storied Swedish guitarist FREDRIK FOLKARE (lately of UNLEASHED, FIRESPAWN, and DEAD KOSMONAUT). The company has managed to put an old stick of dynamite back together, as what was mostly ignored in 1992 comes blasting back to the present.

The album begins with a leadoff hit in “Burst Into Fire”, an instant classic containing all the earmarks of a driving Death Metal track and getting a spot on the 2021 Playlist. “Physical Repugnance” follows up with the occasional tempo-related misstep, but after the midpoint it really finds its wings and takes off.

After that is a string of average, somewhat forgettable Death metal tunes starting with “Moment Of Connection” and continuing on “The Final Verdict”. “No Redemption” starts the same way but does good things after the break, and “Everlasting Oblivion” has excellent bass work for the genre. All is forgiven on “Incarnadine Ground”, which feels like some extra thought went into it and is another keeper for the 2021 Playlist.

“Salacious Retribution” is the first song that truly feels like a vintage track, and one which has aged well, and “Danse Macabre” carries on that sensibility. Unfortunately, “In Reveries” and “Sins” both fail to meet the mark, again mixing the average and the forgettable. But, just as before, the misses are made up for, this time on the title track “Seeds Of Doom”, another excellent vintage Death Metal tune.

The penultimate track, “Blinded Eyes”, has the slowest start yet on the album, but it quickly gains steam and ends up another solid effort. Closing things down is “Strucken By Grief”, which in spite of the spelling error, still comes in as another great prime-era Death Metal song, though perhaps surpassed by peers over time.

So, even for the odd mistake here and there, “Seeds Of Doom” is a damn good example of the non-marquee bands who made great music which are only lately receiving their due. INCARDINE may have come and gone in the relative blink of an eye, but they made a contribution to Death Metal which should not be unaccounted for.

Death Metal albums can be a set-it-and-forget-it kind of item, and “Seeds Of Doom” is no exception. The genre’s Punk roots can be seen in the numbers: fourteen tracks for forty-seven minutes, with the longest track barely longer than four-twenty, the listener can enjoy the stripped down approach, and quickly lose an hour. And Vic Records are putting INCARDINE’s original demos out as well, for nine additional tracks to the ones reviewed here. So whether you’re new to the club or veteran digging for old gold, pick this one up.
Musicianship: 8
Songwriting: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Burst Into Fire
2. Physical Repugnance
3. Moment Of Connection
4. The Final Verdict
5. No Redemption
6. Everlasting Oblivion
7. Incarnadine Ground
8. Salacious Retribution
9. Danse Macabre
10. In Reveries
11. Sins
12. Seeds Of Doom
13. Blinded Eyes
14. Strucken By Grief
Jonas Tyskhagen - drums
Daniel Wallner - lead guitars
Fredrik Folkare - rhythm guitars, bass
David Ahlberg - vocals
Record Label: Vic Records


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Edited 01 August 2021

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