RIFF or RAFF: INCANTATION vs. INCANTATION

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Today in RIFF or RAFF, we’re combing the depths of one of extreme metal’s longest-running and brutal bands. I’m talking, of course, about Incantation. Our combatants have come prepared with their favorite riff from this venerable death metal crew. You must choose the best riff.


LAST WEEK we explored the fertile shores of Greece in search of legendary riffage. Lacertillian’s choice of Primeval Mass was a double-speed onslaught that overwhelmed Boss the Ross’s trad-metal Gauntlet selection. For his victory, The Lizard wins a Bandcamp album.

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I’ve been listening to a shit ton of Mercyful Fate lately, so NEXT WEEK we’re looking for the very best King Diamond/Mercyful Fate riff! If you wanna curry favor from the Danish metalgod, here’s what you gotta do:

-Write 100-500 words about why you your riff rules

-Include a link to stream your selection, the timestamp for your riff, and your screen name

-Email me at toiletovhell@gmail.com

THIS WEEK is all about one of the hardest and most complex bands in all of death metal. Since inception in 1989, Incantation has a had a revolving cast of roughly six thousand band members. Aside from predictably heavy riffage, John McEntee has been the sole constant in the band. (Though Kyle, he of mustache-having fame, has been a fairly consistent member in the near-30 years of Incantation’s existence) Today, we’re coming together to pick our favorite Incantation riff and then fight about it relentlessly. Let’s get it on!


(Riff at 1:32) Incantation has always stood apart from the other classic death metal bands with “ation” in their name because of their willingness to set aside beating the E-string as quickly as possible, instead embracing dirge-paced, sludgy, and soul-devastatingly heavy riffage. However, for this week’s competition, I’m instead spotlighting just how awesome it can be when John McEntee and his co-conspirators decide to step up the tempo. The shift is especially powerful in this song off sophomore release Mortal Throne of Nazarene, as we go from trudging along at a doomy pace, accompanied by Craig Pillard’s brutal vocals, into an absolutely ripping fast death metal section with drummer Jim Roe pounding away 32nd notes. For all the riff’s viciousness, especially as McEntee shifts into a tremolo-picked variation, it’s also quite catchy. This is what separates the very best death metal composition: carefully crafted hooks that never sacrifice an iota of aggression. Plus, like all Incantation’s greatest work at any speed, it sounds gloriously evil and revoltingly filthy. –Jason Kolkey


I wish I had been listening to The Infernal Storm when it dropped in 2000 instead of whatever weak poser bullshit I was feeding my ear holes at the time. Featuring the muted growls of vocalist Mike Saez and the damp, clicky drums of David Culross allow the diabolical riffage to stand out even further on “Sempiturnal Pandemonium”. The song shifts back and forth from a doom pace, to a blast beat-stricken furor. A breakdown serves to drive the track over the line from “kinda cool” to “TOTALLY SIQQQ”. With a triumphant pinch harmonic, the riff that breaks through at 2:49 is a grand declaration of mosh warfare. I choose you, Pikachu. –Joe Thrashnkill


Now you gotta choose.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 03-12-2016 09:00:00
end_date 09-12-2016 12:00:00
Poll Results:
Who picked the best Incantation riff?
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  • Eliza

    It’s a tough decision, but I think I’ll go for Incantation.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      wise choice, eliza

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      I see what you did there.

      • Eliza
        • Edward/Breegrodamus™
          • Eliza

            I love this movie.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus™

            Ugh, for real?

          • Dumpster Lung

            Maybe in a so-bad-it’s-good kind of way? I can’t even enjoy it on that level. It induces cringing so hard that I’m pretty sure I’d rupture an organ if I watched it again.

          • Eliza

            The cringe factor is what makes it work for me. It’s so over the top stupid that I can’t help but enjoy it.

          • Dumpster Lung

            Haha that’s what I hoped. It just hurst so bad to watch it. I think because I was not expecting it when I went to see it in theaters.

            Funny enough, the first time we attempted to go watch it, there was a storm so bad we ended up turning around and going back home (closest theater was about half an hour away). It was clearly a warning from God/the universe/Stan Lee/etc.

            Didn’t heed the warning though, and saw it the next week instead 😛

          • Eliza

            I saw it after Spiderman 1 and 2, which were campy and goofy as well, but at least had stakes and heart and were fun, and thought I was going to get something in the same vein. I was not prepared for how bad it was, which made it sort of funny.

          • Dumpster Lung

            Yeah they really are a little weird looking back on them now, but I bet they still hold up. I also didn’t like the whole Topher Grace as Venom thing either (not that I have a problem with the actor in general).

          • Eliza

            It came completely out of left field and the very end, I had a problem with that too. The movie movie was just taking itself way too seriously. It was , however, better than the Amazing Spiderman movies, which I can’t bring myself to like on any level.

          • Dumpster Lung

            I never got around to seeing the 2nd Amazing one, but yeah, I don’t remember absolutely hating the first, but really not liking anything either. I honestly can’t remember much from it at all, other than the dreadful costume design. At least it looks like they fixed it for the 2nd one.

          • Eliza

            The costume might be only good thing about the second one, everything else about it was painfully mediocre.

          • KyleJMcBride

            I’m glad Disney got back the rights so now we can have a proper Spider-Man.

          • Eliza

            Me too. Tom Holland was awesome in Civil and I can’t wait to see more of him in Homecoming.

          • Eliza

            Ironically.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Even i hate this movie and I loved the Love Guru.

          • Eliza

            I get why people hate this film, but it made me laugh more than supposed comedy films did. Including Love Guru.

          • Sounds like a ?HOT TAKE?

          • Eliza

            ??????

  • Rob M

    Sorry Joe..but Mortal Throne will always beat Infernal Storm

    • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

      Same. Even though Infernal Storm is highly underrated.

  • more beer

    John has been the one consistent member. Because Incantation has always been his band and always will be.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Still pissed that y’all didn’t vote for STEEL!

    • Dr. K

      STEEL cares not for democracy, even in Greece!

    • Eliza

      Especially such powerful STEEL.

    • more beer

      Hey man that coffee porter was outstanding.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        That’s one of my very favorite beers. It’s seasonal so I always look forward to it.

        • more beer

          I was very impressed. I am looking forward to that quadruple.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            The quad is pretty intense, in a good way. I think you will like it a lot as well.

          • more beer

            I’m sure it will.

    • Sir Crawfish The Based

      Steel sucks.

  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    I voted for Joe.

  • Dumpster Lung

    Tie-breaker! (as of right now. Sorry Joe)

  • Dumpster Lung

    Next week: Mercyful Fᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵃᵗᵉ!!!! Alright, I’m definitely submitting something for this one. No matter what wins, we’re all winners when it’s that sort of contest. (although let’s be honest, MF is going to win over any KD material in terms of riffs)

  • Elegant Gazing Globe
    • I only have Don’t Breath The Oath. Been thinking about getting Melissa soon.

    • Zac Melvin-McNutt

      All the MF records are good MF records, in my opinion anyways.

      • Dumpster Lung

        I don’t think anything after Oath is at that level, but I definitely don’t think they’re bad. I made a playlist for songs for everything I considered essential past Oath.

    • Dumpster Lung

      Nice! Everything from the self-titled is on The Beginning, right?

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Kolkey

  • *grunts*
    *votes for breakdown riff*

  • KyleJMcBride

    (shrugs)

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    I’m glad Jason picked a track from Mortal Throne and not fucking Onward. Mortal Throne is still best Pillard album IMO.

  • KyleJMcBride
  • KyleJMcBride
  • KyleJMcBride