It has been a long 20 years since Italian death metal horde Electrocution last released a full length record, with Inside the Unreal being one hell of an impressive record with it’s rather heavy Death and Atheist influences. 21 years on, the band prepares to unleash it’s sophomore full length, Metaphysincarnation, featuring once again it’s last known lineup before the hiatus that the band took since 1997.
Like Inside the Unreal, Metaphysincarnation once again sees Electrocution throw in a myriad of different influences and sounds together, but this time with a much more modern touch (more on that later). Wireworm kicks off the album with a rather old school Swedish death metal style, with the riffs of Alex and Mick being rather reminiscent of Entombed and the likes. But this being the Electrocution that we have come to known, things aren’t quite as simple as that, as the band quickly goes into more technical and brutal grounds. The furious speed and intensity that the band presents soon sees the band going into a more Floridian death metal mode, not unlike that of Morbid Angel or Deicide in the chaos that is conjured. The crushing heaviness and impact of the material on Metaphysincarnation even brings in some Polish death metal resemblances, with the thrashier moments reminding one of Vader or Hate, and the technical flair that the band displays allowing them to fit easily with bands such as Decapitated, with tracks like Bloodless.
As one would already gather, the keyword to describe Metaphysincarnation is versatility, and the band definitely makes use of that to throw listeners off guard, and moments such as the end of Abiura the band adds in some moments of calmness with the acoustic guitars, a small break from the chaos ensued thus far, and the further destruction to come. Apart from that, Alex and Mick also often engaged in guitar duels, resulting in melodic, harmonised leads, adding to the flavour of Electrocution‘s craft.
The production on Metaphysincarnation also sees the band updating their sound, being modern and polished, with each of the instruments ringing out clearly. The mix of Max’s bass especially stands out in the mix, and this certainly helps in making things sound even better with the low end growl, apart from allowing him to show off his chops.
20 years since Inside the Unreal, Electrocution proves that they still have what it takes to write a memorable death metal record despite their 15 year hiatus. Metaphysincarnation stands as not only a good comeback album for a band that would have faded from memory, but is also an extremely great record for fans of death metal in general.