Incantation - Unholy Massacre 2-CD
The music herein is offered the way people got to hear Incantation when in the tape trading scene. Nothing has been mastered, which may be something to complain about for some of you people out there. This is how I remember Incantation some friggin' 25+ years ago. All the material worth releasing – the demos, some rehearsals and soundboard live recordings are here – offers more than two hours of Incantation's brutalizing and bone-cracking Death Metal torment in one package, which is a very cool thing. The sound quality obviously varies quite a bit between each release on here, but do not worry as you get used to it eventually. Just do not think so hi-fi, okay? All the releases on these two discs are from the years 1990-91, even containing an unreleased 2-song demo from 1990 with Craig Pillard on vocals, which never crossed my rewarding path when I was heavily involved with the tape-trading thing back in the day. It's a cool find, no doubt.
Roy and/or Incantation have also used tons of old flyers and all kinds of art work from the band's early days for this release, which pretty much wrap the band up with the right time frame. What would have made things even a bit sweeter though: it would have been a great and useful idea to get some comments from John McEntee and ex-members to be included onto this release. Even getting short liner notes from the only original Incantation member left, John McEntee, would have made this release a teeny-weeny more special and interesting.
If you want to open this old door into Incantation's past, purchasing this collection of the band's early material is the right way to do it.