Time works in so strange ways; INCURSION from the United States was formed in 1982 and prepared its first demo in 1984. The band afterwards went inactive for many years, re-appeared with the “The Hunter” EP in 2020, and now presents its first album called “Blinding Force”.
The bands’ 80s core, guitarists Maxx Havick and Michael Lashinsky, are now working with Steve Samson (vocals), Robbie Crede (bass guitar), and Dan Douchette on drums, presenting the new face of INCURSION. The album combines several features from all the decades of heavy metal, giving priority to the up-tempo and speedy style. Of course, there are plenty of guitar and vocal melodies, but the main characteristic of the bands’ debut is the dynamic and energetic side of heavy metal.
A very positive observation is that INCURSION have successfully absorbed all the things that have happened in the field of classic heavy metal during all these 40 years, creating in this way their own style which is traditional, yet fresh heavy metal, and not a recurring 80s or 90s metal sound. So, without copying the past, the general feeling of the album travels you from JUDAS PRIEST and SAXON to JAG PANZER and ARMORED SAINT with great ease.
“Running Out” is the catchiest song of the album, whose chorus will be loved by the fans of heavy metal. But perhaps the best moment of the album is “The Sentinel”, a fantastic low-tempo track with an amazing dramatic structure. The fans of mid-era METAL CHURCH will be thrilled with this song. The rest of the album is heavier and speedier, and songs such as “Vengeance”, “The Rites”, or “Strike Down” are truly great and will leave the classic heavy metal fan completely satisfied.
INCURSION’s debut took many years to be fulfilled, but better late than never. “Blinding Force” is fresh, dynamic, catchy and gives to the band its own sound. Someone who likes all aspects and eras of classic and traditional heavy metal, with emphasis on a JUDAS PRIEST/ JAG PANZER style, will like the album a lot.