REVIEW: INCITE – “Built To Destroy”
Incite emerged from the shadows almost fifteen years ago when they came roaring on to the scene with their debut effort ‘Murder EP’ in 2006. Despite familial ties to metal’s great Max Cavalera of Soulfly, ex Sepultura to name but a few of his credits, Incite have carved out a name for themselves respectively through their own addictive brand of groove riffs and thrashing. With their upcoming new album, ‘Built To Destroy’, just over the horizon, the band proves themselves to be far from done carving their own name in stone.
Produced by Steve Evetts (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicide Silence) and mastered by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed), ‘Built To Destroy’ sounds as good as it feels. This is reiterated in one of the records frontrunners, ‘Ruthless Ways’. Brutal in its execution with a chorus hook that could rival some of groove metal’s finest, “Ruthless Ways” makes for a powerhouse handshake to new waves from Incite. And the fun doesn’t stop there.
The deeper listeners delve into ‘Built To Destroy’, in the best sense of the word, the more visceral they will find it. “Resistance” earns its place among some of the best the record has to offer. This is in no small part due to the invigorating riffing from guitarist “Dru Tang” Rome and the emotive vocal delivery given by Richie Cavalera. The two paired with a rhythm section as tightly knitted as the one formed between bassist Christoper “El” and drummer Lennon Lopez brings the tracks to life, most notably on numbers such as “Leech”, where technical proficiency marries raw playing, resulting only in triumph.
If ‘Built To Destroy’ falls short anywhere, it is in its guest featured tracks. “Human Cancer featuring Kirk Windstein” and “Poisoned By Power featuring Chris Barnes” unfortunately produce some rather timid, standard metal pieces that at times feel like Pantera and Machine Head regurgitated. It is when Incite rely only on themselves, such as in the albums title track “Built To Destroy”, that they truly shine.
Over the course of almost fifteen years, in their own vision and by their own fashion, Incite have indeed prevailed in making their name its own force with its own history and excitement attached to it. While they may forever be disciples of the legends who came before them, Incite remain determined to one day stand among them, and their work on ‘Built To Destroy’ is certainly a testament to their unconditional determination. Urgent, unique and unforgiving, ‘Built To Destroy’ could easily find itself among fan favorites.