The blasted July 2017 EP The Slavic Covenant of Incursed did not impress the RMR deck crew. Too many oldies and not enough goodies, I can tell ya. Bands need to produce new, awesome material that is unique and people will want to hear. Not endlessly regurgitate old stuff or go for weird pop covers. The mighty Symphonic Metal front chicks from Exit Eden recently tried to pull that pop cover stunt as well. The outcome was – well – bizarre to say the least. With tracks ranging from juvenile wet dreams to age-old pop disasters that we all hoped would stay dead. But that will be for a different review, if ever I find the time.
So, trepidation reigned when we started to look at Amalur, the brand new full length record Incursed unchained this September of 2017. Much to our relief, the album is a friggin’ bundle of metal energy. With much more mature and new material to boot than at first meets the eye. But, did they do it again? The inclusion of previously released tracks? Damn straight they did: Try Akelarre, The Slavic Covenant and a new version of Fear a’ Bhàta to name just three. But more to that later.
Incursed hails from – no, not Ireland. Or Denmark, the old nemesis of the Britons back in viking times. They join us from Basque Country in Spain of all places; Bilbao to be precise. I confess: At first I placed them somewhere up in the cold North, not on the Northern shore of Spain, though. But hey, tapas to go with my metal for sure works for me. [...]