Monday, April 4, 2016

Decrepit Soul - The Coming Of War (2016)

Sometimes there's this thing called war... and these Aussies are going to be talking about it's coming... even though you probably gathered that from the album title. However, the language they'll use to describe this war is what I'd consider a very fierce, hard-edged and uncompromising take on death metal, which delves into black every now and again, even if that's just a couple of blast beats here and there. There's even a doom section right in the middle of opener “Awaken” to put things in perspective. But I couldn't call Decrepit Soul experimenters either. These two guys just aim to make great extreme metal, and with an approach that sounds right out of the nineties, (especially as far as the rough production value is concerned) I'm pretty sure that this will be a welcome throwback for old school heads. So what if I can barely hear the fucking solo on the title track? This record goes back to the DIY days of analog and fuzz, back when metal sounded warm enough to keep you from freezing during a cold snap. Both of these guys also seem to take on vocals, with demonic shrieks giving way to thick grunts and even what you might refer to as demonic duets. Obviously, The Coming Of War isn't for everyone. You've got to have a taste for this kind of approach and having been exposed to much of extreme metal's early days should help your palette. It was all about being louder, heavier, faster and more unhinged than the other guy, which you can hear manifested within this disc pretty clearly. It's a disc that you're going to bang your head to and be glad that you have it – that this style of metal is still being made in 2016's digital age. Perhaps it's not the most original thing out there, but it comes in and gets the job done – and there's nothing wrong with that. If you're expecting a demon to beat you over the head mercilessly, then you'd better check this one out. It comes in loud and fast, leaving you with no regrets. (The Grim Lord)


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