Inculcator – ‘Void Abdecedary’ (Album Premiere)
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"Reclaim the iniquity of the riff," it says on the cassette cover of Void Abdicedary the new album by the UK's Inculcator. Reclaim from what?
A clue lies in the band's membership. Inculcator is a solo project by pseudonymous and initial-ed musician G.D.C. who is also the sole force behind chaotic death metal outfit Abyssal. Where that project embraces the obscurity of modern death metal, Inculcator is a throwback to the heyday of extreme thrash. In the same way that Abyssal makes murk without boredom, Inculcator make throwback thrash invigorating as well.
There's some precedent for cutting-edge musicians revisiting this style. V. Santura of Dark Fortress and Triptykon made a similar attempt with his Noneuclid project. Inculcator, though, sounds more authentically 'old.'
Technical riffs and vocals from the way-back of the mix (and maybe from the WABAC time machine) collide with a production job courtesy of late-'80s Brazil. I don't like cassettes, but this record is perfect for the format. If yesterday's Vektor stream was too modern and highfalutin for your taste, this may be more to your liking.
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Void Abdecedary is available on 5/12 from Caligari Records.