Review Summary: Solid DM with a Crushing Atmosphere
Putrid, disgusting, nasty, just how dm should be. Desecresy hit all those spots easily with a crushing atmosphere and tight musicianship. With most modern dm acts, at best, we get some solid dm we’ve heard before but that doesn’t always make it a bad thing. Desecresy are obviously aware of how to write effective riffs. It is true, however, that they are not doing anything new for dm and their last record was barely above average but they’ve stuck with their guns and continued focusing on developing their sound which I feel they’ve definitely achieved on this record.
The Doom Skeptron
shows an atmosphere that thrives off double bass drum patterns, tremolos, and a harmonizing lead that lingers in the depths of tasty riffs. Although the first track is a nice introduction into the album with all of the aforementioned elements, it’s not the strongest track you’ll find off this. It lacks the aggression that could push the atmosphere further. Fortunately the second track comes in the right way with “Declined Resplendence”, which shows off the feel of osdm and new styled crust dm from the likes of Antediluvian and Undergang. This tasty combination of riffs and crusty feel is what really makes Desecresy succeed because they not only have an awesome formula but their songwriting has greatly improved form their last effort. “Forged from Chaos” starts with an eerie clean guitar pattern before ripping into the grimiest-hazy atmosphere death metal has to offer. “The Sceptre of Damnation” shows the Fins attempting an innovative song strong which thrives off the bass work of Tommi Gronqvist which leads perfectly into “The Sleep of Titans” which has a crushing slow doom-like atmosphere. These two latter tracks might as well be one, due to their perfect play off each other.
As mentioned before, this dual Finnish group is both developing their creative abilities yet still remaining stagnant within death metals current accomplishments. For instance “The Solemn End” is one of the most predictable tracks off this album and shows little effort in the creativity department. Because of this The Doom Skeptron
is an album containing hit or miss tracks which in turns brings down the level of enjoyability. Fortunately this album ends strong with “Vortex Unwinding” which is a massacre of textures combined together that takes turns highlighting each other’s strengths. At times the bass will stand alone with the drums and before we know it a crushing atmosphere of blast beats will surface before a chugging ride pattern on the drums. “Vortex Unwinding” really shows Desecresy exploring their goals effectively; showing a style that could propel them into a category of greater known dm acts. May their conquest of furtherance into a genre that has been exhausted to the max show up as being worthwhile as they attempt to create emotions in a genre that haven’t been reached before.