I honestly cannot remember the last time there was so much hype and expectation surrounding the release of an underground record, especially death metal. It’s one thing when you’re talking about a well-publicized record from an established, mainstream artist, but underground, moreover, death metal? Crazy, right? Well, let’s put all speculation to bed when I tell you that Hidden History of the Human Race is, hands down, the best metal record of the year, any genre. There, review over. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t explain why.
Like previous releases Starpawn, and Interdimensional Extinction, Hidden History of the Human Race is a short record, just four tracks. It also isn’t your typical death metal growl-till-you-get-Vegas-throat riffing either. This, ladies and gentlemen, is music created to both summon elder gods and tear a hole in time and space. Simultaneously.
Fire gives off heat. Hidden History of the Human Race radiates fear and dread. Both work in concert together, building slowly from the beginning with the first song, “Slave Species to the Gods.” “The Giza Power Plant,” track two, adds a thick layer of anxiety to the previous layer of fear.
Next, with “Inner Paths (to Outer Space),” your sanity drains away, and whatever crumbs are left of your soul, well, they get consumed with the last song, “Awakening From the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul).” Hidden History of the Human Race has a deep, brooding vibe to it. Is it loud; is it heavy; is it metal; is it everything that death metal should be? Yes. Now multiply that by 1000.
There’s a heaviness to this record I haven’t experienced before that’s visceral, striking at the heart of all that is mortal, that shakes and trembles. The music of Blood Incantation resonates in disharmony with the part of your brain that responds to primal apprehension in the face of true cosmic horror.
Hidden History of the Human Race is a genuine masterpiece of metallic composition and superbly executed orchestration. Blood Incantation are the missing link in the unholy trinity of Nile and Absu. If ever there was a must-buy record, it is Hidden History of the Human Race. Bring forth that which cannot die.“Klaatu Verata Nikto.”
By Theron Moore