Fitting with metalcore’s musical roots in hardcore punk, the songs on Incarnate are three minute something sonic jabs – especially the uber-thrashy The Great Deceit – with the exceptions being Alone I Stand’s four-and-a-half minutes and the positively epic (by comparison) five minutes thirty of Embrace The Journey… Upraised,
which flirts with the idea of being a progressive metal song, but ultimately – and disappointingly – proves too demure. Lead single Strength Of The Mind is Incarnate’s standout song, with rhythmic and lead runs that left me thinking of Meshuggah and Mastodon, and Leach judiciously deploying his full vocal range over the course of the song. Ascension proves to be a suitably brutal, pounding, end to Incarnate, but ending with a fade-out feels a little like a gyp.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 31st March 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.