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Black Hearse Serenade

     
         
         
         
     
             
I.N.C. (Indestructible Noise Command) are a thrash metal band from USA formed in 1986 and releasing two albums during the late eighties when thrash metal was still evolving and very popular. The band disbanded in the early nineties, reforming in 2010 and releasing an E.P. the same year. A full length album followed in 2011 with their latest album "Black Hearse Serenade" released in 2014.    
             
A chilling but short intro heralds the arrival of the opening song 'Stirring The Flock' which rattles into life, sounding like a fusion of Fear Factory and Pantera. Full of attitude and angst, 'Stirring The Flock' is a brutal assault of raw energy, crunching guitars and thunderous drums with vocals that almost spit venom. 'Sainted Sinners' slows the pace a little, retaining the brutality and raw energy but is more melodic in its delivery. A definite mosh pit favourite, this is raucous stomp with a blistering guitar solo.    
             
Not a band afraid to experiment, 'Cyanide & Whiskey' has a touch of blues about it. Yes, that's right - a blues tinged heavy stomp of rawness, that actually does not feel out of place here. 'Cyanide & Whiskey' is infused with a thunderously ferocious rhythm and some awesome guitar work. 'Organ Grinder' is raw, brutal, and heavier than all the combined efforts of the "Big 4" of thrash. The title song 'Black Hearse Serenade' is a ferocious, fast paced, pounding song that will pummel the senses into submission. The die hard head bangers are gonna love this song and will relish the opportunity to rock their heads bang and forth at break neck speed.    
             
An Anthrax influence can be heard on 'The Lies We Devour' as it crashes through brutal riffing and pounding rhythms at a mid to high tempo, keeping the heads banging hard. 'Lucky #7' is more heavy metal than thrash but still has the brutal guitar sound that this album has as its foundation. 'Invite This Plague' is dynamic and very heavy with a slow burning brutal rhythm. Final song on the album is the fast paced 'No Turning Back' which has everything - raw energy, brutal crunching guitars, a thunderous rhythm and an attitude laden vocal delivery.    
             
Overall, brutal, raw and ferocious, this is a superb blast of attitude laden thrash metal with blistering guitar work and thunderous rhythms.    
             
             
Review By Iron Mathew Collins    
             
Reviewed For Stampede Press UK    
             
Review is also featured at All Heavy Metal    
             
             
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