Rats In Palaces

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Release Date:
22nd September 2017
Record Label:
Pride & Joy Music
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Incertain is an example that one should not mistake youth for a lack of experience, or even for a lack of talent, because Incertain has plenty of both! There is something very appealing to hear such young musicians display this high level of talent in their Death/Thrash Metal mix. The spirit will live on so they say. But then, what else can one expect from a young band that lists giants Overkill, Exodus, or Testament among their influences? These bands are as Old School as it can get, yet they still manage to inspire such talented bands to carry on the torch. In this respect Incertain can be seen like a bridge between old fans and new fans, and one can expect their audience to become more and more diverse in respect to age.

After this introduction it should come as no surprise that this review is going to be very favorable. So, what is the album like? In its essence, it is a mosh pit inducing blend of female fronted Death Metal with elements of Thrash and more traditional Heavy Metal. Energy, anger, aggression, it is all there. However, it is not just blind anger. In fact, the band displays a very mature approach in respect to their lyrics, and how they incorporate social, but also more personal issues. Maybe that is also the reason for the band’s energy. It is more than just growling, guitar solos, and harsh drums, it is true focused aggression expressed by music!

Take ‘Mankind’s Grave’, for instance. The title alone shows that the band is angry about how things are, and they use that anger to turn the song into a full frontal assault of Death Metal. With a harsh beat, its melodic guitar parts are likely to turn pretty much any venue into one big mosh pit. Another more personal example is the song ‘Amok’ that is about the breakdown of a person who was likely close to the band. Although, maybe this song is less about aggression and more about the band screaming out their pain and sorrow in the form of music? That is also Heavy Metal, of course. Also, it would explain the melodic and harmless intro that is then replaced by the band’s harsh Death Metal. The ending feels a bit abrupt, but maybe that is exactly how the song is supposed to feel. Harmless intro, then brutal Death Metal, and then an abrupt ending. There is a certain logic to it. It ads a dark twist to the song that is very much in tune with some of its brethren on the album that make you wonder about possible Doom Metal influences, feeling-wise at least. Particularly the song ‘Mask’, or rather its clean vocals part deserves an honorary mention here.

By now it should be pretty obvious that this album is an exciting debut full length album, an album that makes you excited for the band’s future, but also for the future of the genre as a whole, because if that is the kind of Death Metal we can expect from the next generation of bands then we can look forward to many more decades of exciting HEAVY FUCKIN’ METAL! Nine devils!


1. Bring Back The Anarchy
2. Mankind’s Grave
3. Amok
4. Rats In Palaces
5. Crusader
6, Rage & Greed
7. Immortality
8. Social Lies
9. Mask
10. Pain Diet

Playing Time: 46:55

Bass - Janis Wilkes
Drums - Luis Strietholt
Voice - Liane Walter
Guitar - Phil Unger
Guitar - Sven Müller


  1. Well written review. Anyone who calls Cripper or Arch Enemy his favorites should give this band a chance. Listen and enjoy! As I did!

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