Incite Oppression on Limited Edition LP
Nothing compares to live energy. It transfers from the stage to the crowd and back again. Incite harness that spark on their fourth full-length album and highly anticipated 2016 metal release, Oppression. In fact, it's something that the group – Richie Cavalera (vocals), Dru "tang" Rome (lead guitar), Derek Lennon Lopez (drums), Christopher "EL" Elsten (bass), and Kevin "Dis" McAllister (co-writer) – realized in the middle of the cycle supporting their critically acclaimed 2014 offering, Up In Hell.
"The whole first year of touring for Up In Hell really lit a fire under us to come out and make something that matched our live performances," explains Richie. "On Oppression, we were finally able to bottle that and put it into the recordings. Touring and playing every day sharpened our skills and brought us closer together as friends and as a band. The anger and rage we're still feeding off of is very strong, and it definitely shines through this body work."
In order to channel that "fire," the band enlisted the talents of producer Steve Evetts (Suicide Silence, The Dillinger Escape Plan). Following a week of pre-production at home in Phoenix, AZ, they headed to Steve's Orange County studio and recorded the ten tracks that would become Oppression. "Steve brought so much knowledge about song structure to the table," continues the singer. "He truly emphasized the importance of cohesive songs. He pushed us to focus, and we recorded everything organically live. There was no copy-and-paste with Pro Tools. That was a huge part of the process. He took what was there and elevated it to the next level."
The first single "No Remorse" steamrolls from a thrashed-out intro into a growling gruff chant. With a blazing lead, it immediately rips and roars to life. "Life's Disease" sees Richie and Connor Garritty of All Hail The Yeti trade piercing screams over a thudding six-string chug. Speaking of guests SiriusXM host and longtime fan Jose Mangin lends his instantly recognizable scream, "Heavy fucking metal" to the beginning of "I Want It All." Then, there's "Stagnant," which wields a pummeling groove like a wrecking ball.