Author: Jan Jakobsen (VENOM_IST_FALSE)
Album: Persisting Devolution
Label: Edged Circle Productions
Norway have since the early 90’s been known for black metal and the tagging of an entire nation will probably continue until eternity, but since the mid 2000’s another form of metal have started to draw a lot of attention. Even though one might say that this movement started already in 1996 with Aura Noir’s debut album, Black Thrash Attack, it wasn’t until the 2000’s that more bands started playing this type of ripping fast thrash in Norway. More and more bands started taking influence from legendary acts such as Deströyer 666, Desaster, Nifelheim and early Slayer. The result of this influence is that Nekromantheon, Condor, Deathhammer and many more have been gaining some serious traction in the underground scene.
The latest addition to his movement is Inculter hailing from western Norway. Inculter does in no shape or form bring anything new to the table, but the sound is genuine which is more than you can say about a lot of other modern thrash acts. When you take into consideration that the band started up in 2012 and the oldest member is not even 20 yet it is even more impressive. Persisting Devolution is filled with ripping fast riffs, D-beat drumming and filthy vocals. Inculter released one track prior to the official release, Commander. It is everything you want from a thrash/black outfit, unrelenting aggression from the very first note to the absolute last. The are some very clear Slayer influenced parts as well, especially on a track like Traducers Attack where there is a strong Hell Awaits vibe, but with vocals that are more extreme.
There is little to no variety in the songwriting, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially on a thrash album. There isn’t track on the album that I would characterize as a filler, just solid riffing through the entirety of Persisting Devolution. Mist of the Night is one of the few songs where Inculter takes a break from trying to break your neck, but only for a small part in the midsection of the song. Death Domain really shows of the drumming with excellent blast beats and with more death-metal influenced playing compared to the rest of the album.
The production is definitely on point here, managing to stay raw while also elevating the instruments. The mixing of the vocals is especially impressive, always aggressive, never tiring.
Persisting Devolution is an impressive album even though it may fall short to other debut albums of contemporary Norwegian thrash acts, but I do feel the need to stress that it’s an album created by 16-19 year olds and I’m sure they will only improve in the future after getting a bit more experience.
- Jan Jakobsen
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