Decomposed (SWE)
Devouring


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kunal Choksi USER (27 Reviews)
February 25th, 2014 | 6 replies


Release Date: 03/04/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Contemporary Swedish Death Metal

If you ask me what’s the main difference between the genuine old school Death Metal bands from the 90s and the newer ones, I’ll say that nowadays bands are more to-the-point and don’t waste time, so they think, on winding song structures. The importance of build-ups isn’t there, everything they want is that hook or that stomping part or that breakdown. It works only partly, partly because provided it’s done well, the music is more intense and relentless, otherwise it just fails to reach a crescendo and the music remains like a plateau.

Decomposed from Sweden plays in the traditional style of Death Metal, Swedish of course, and obviously there are influences from Carnage, Nihilist, Grave and Unleashed but it’s delivered with renewed force, like I’ve mentioned. In this band’s case, it works because the essence isn’t diluted, the pace is faster, the tempos are thrilling, the madness is there - that’s something that wasn’t always the case with the old bands. The melodies or hooks take a back seat but in its place are faster, more aggressive parts, making sure the momentum isn’t lost. This is different from the modern-sounding Swedish Death Metal bands where they try and make it sound different by adding different elements, somewhat a contemporary, polished version, a contrived effort, but “Devouring” is not that. It reeks of authenticity even though the band is recent, the scope is there, the vision is ambitious, recreating the old magic but cutting out the chanting bull***.

The artwork is breathtaking, the atmosphere the music exudes is special as well, in fact I prefer these to the so-called “dark” and contrived efforts by newer bands playing old school music these days. It’s to-the-point, riffing has substance and depth as well, and goes straight for the jugular. If you’re looking for some modern (sic) old school Death Metal, look no further than Decomposed.



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KriegdemKriege
February 25th 2014


1415 Comments


I disagree with almost everything you said in the first paragraph.

Sorry, but this isn't a very good. You tell us next to nothing about the album. What you have here is
a decent introduction to a review.

I could have written everything you said here without even listening to the album.

HallucinatingDeath
February 26th 2014


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've said what there is to say - there's nothing groundbreaking here and no point really dissecting every bit of it. The review is also a reflection of where the style is at this point of time with most of the bands effortlessly rehashing it without really doing anything innovative, nonetheless it works in Decomposed's case as I said.

KriegdemKriege
February 26th 2014


1415 Comments


You dissect none of it.

Like I said, I could easily type up everything you wrote in the review without listening to the
album. You don't tell us anything about the music besides saying that it "exudes atmosphere". You
say the band plays "old school death metal".

Okay, the album has atmosphere. What kind of atmosphere? Is there a death metal album out there that
doesn't have atmosphere? You tell us nothing about the album.

I'm trying to help you.

HallucinatingDeath
February 28th 2014


18 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for your interest. I mentioned the style, the eras, where the bands are going wrong today. I'm talking from the perspective of a Death Metal fan. I'll try and put up some of my more detailed reviews from now on. Cheers!

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 2nd 2014


15215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Solid old school worship, nothing more.

Digging: Blaspherian - Upon The Throne of Eternal Blasphemous Death

ShadowRemains
March 19th 2014


21643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

listening to this, pretty good



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