Incognosci – A Biography Of Madness

A Biography Of Madness Cover Art

Incognosci – A Biography Of Madness
Extreme Sound Records
Release Date: 22/10/2020
Running Time: 27:04
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Incognosci have finally released their debut album and maybe you are thinking that in front of us is a raw album made by people without experience. Sometimes it can happen with young bands releasing their first material, but I must tell you a few details that you probably don’t know about this Brazilian group. It is not easy to have a Heavy Metal band in my country (as you already know from me writing about it hundreds of times) and it is even worse if you play extreme Metal. In this case, the members have taken more than a decade to release this debut after line-up changes and all the struggles that being in a band demand. Of course, they are extremely active in their local scene along with other bands, like Gutted Souls, for example. However, if you look at it from a commercial or business point of view, it is horrible for a band to spend so much time without a release, but if you take the time to listen to “A Biography Of Madness”, you will understand how it was actually good for Incognosci!

Firstly, they are very experienced musicians as a consequence of all the years working together and with other bands. What every member does here is almost as if they are aliens from a distant and evolved civilization, playing on our humble planet. They are insane on their instruments. I could swear that I was listening to a band with more than three albums released and that survive by travelling around the world on long tours. This is obviously not the case with Incognosci, but what they have achieved as musicians is astonishing and they have delivered an incredibly mature work. There is a good balance between being extreme, but not sounding exacerbated or massive.

Now, let’s talk about the music itself. “A Biography Of Madness” is extreme Death Metal with Gore elements. It combines the aggressiveness and speed of Cannibal Corpse with elements of Obituary or Deicide from the Tampa Death Metal scene of the 90’s, mostly in terms of arrangements. There is also a much-diluted Djent feel which brings a modern flavour. The musical highlight are the complex variations they have created inside each song. It is insane how they vary the sonority many times with tremendous speed.

Having Jonathas “Jon” Pereira as lone guitarist sets him free to explore interesting techniques with his guitar, but it could also be because he has a killer bassist alongside him. Marcos Medeiros is highly creative with his bass and all the independent bass lines he has written are astonishing. Sometimes, it is like hearing hellish funk rearranged into Extreme Death Metal, as you can hear on the intro to ‘Perfect Specimen’. ‘Tales Of Insanity’ also has amazing bass work and Marcos fills the rhythm section during Jonathas solo, without worry. You will not notice that empty feeling, bands with one guitarist, sometimes have during solos!

Iron has a powerful, guttural voice and he has explored different vocal lines. This is the first time I have heard him doing ‘Pig noises’. He has departed from the usual style of Death Metal singers in one small detail. I can understand many things that he sings, and it shows his great ability on vocals that are noisy, but clean at the same time. Maybe, it is similar to the David Vincent (Morbid Angel) way of singing. Finally, the drum work that Braulio Drumond has put together for the album is the most impressive thing here, in my opinion. Many drummers can play faster than the speed of light, but to play fast with many tangled parts…well, few people can do that. He also hits his drum kit HARD and the music never sounds repetitive thanks to him. The opening song ‘Aftermath’ is a good example of what I am talking about!

The experience of the individuals has made “A Biography Of Madness” a terrific work. The album is short, the production is organic, the arrangements are very well thought out and the complexity of the compositions makes this an easy album to digest. It is a blend of the good and gold Old-School Death Metal, but with new elements. There is not a single song that sounds boring. All of them have received good attention and they are very professionally written. As a result of all these positive aspects this is an album that you won’t get tired of after 2 or 3 tracks, which can sometimes happen.

“A Biography Of Madness” is an amazing debut, I promise you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Aftermath
02. Awaken The Desperate
03. Perfect Specimen
04. Traumatize The Masses
05. Eleven Years
06. Tales Of Insanity
07. Final Descent Into Madness
08. Trapped In Spontaneous Disintegration

LINE-UP:
Iron – Vocals
Jonathas “Jon” Pereira – Guitar
Marcos Medeiros – Bass
Braulio Drumond – Drums

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EMQ’s with INCOGNOSCI

EMQ’s with INCOGNOSCI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based Technical Old School Death Metal band IncognoscI. Huge thanks to guitarist Jonathas Pereira for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hello, my name is Jonathas Pereira, and I’m a guitar player! IncognoscI was created in 2012 from the ashes of the band Necropse, and our goal is always make a sound that goes back to the 90’s Death Metal bands.

Our line-up is:
Iron (Gutted Souls) – Vocals
Jonathas Pereira – Guitar
Marcos Medeiros – Bass
Braulio Drumond (Leather, Gutted Souls, Siriun) – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

IncognoscI is a play with the word incognito (that which is unknown and seeks to know).

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil! Rio de Janeiro has a medium sized scene, with lots of good bands, underground shows, and some major bands appearing here now and then.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We have a single entitled ‘Eleven Years’, from 2015, which we also released it as videoclip to promote. Our full album, mastered by the great George Bokos (ex-Rotting Christ) is completed, and it will be released soon!

‘Eleven Years’ Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chuck Schuldiner, James Murphy, Paul Masvidal, Marty Friedman, and Terrance Hobbs!

What first got you into music?

I started playing Death Metal in 2001 influenced by my friends after going in my first Death Metal concert. Also, my parents were divorcing at the time, and getting into music helped to deal with the frustration.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Cynic with Paul Masvidal!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Obscene Extreme, one of the craziest and funniest festivals in the world!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We still haven’t received any strange gifts.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Support bands from your country, mainly from your cities, go to underground shows, buy merchandising from the bands, it helps a lot!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chuck Schuldiner.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

To meet new people and places. Not having proper recognition and being devalued is what sucks.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would like that they appreciate and give more space to underground bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Death – “Human”!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Bloody Carnival. It was awesome!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Besides being a musician, I am a Physical Education student and bodybuilder.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band brothers and real friends.

What’s next for the band?

Our first album entitled “Biography of Madness”, which will be released in early 2021 by a record label soon to be announced!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.instagram.com/incognosci/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgtsmelTxYUsw-VQtAaT4fQ
www.facebook.com/IncognoscI/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, but from what I researched they are cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you very much for giving us this space and for the opportunity of the interview. I would like to thank all the fans and friends who follow us and support our work. Always remember, the metal underground needs your support. Support the bands in your city, go to shows whenever possible to buy merchandise from the bands.

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