Acephalix
Decreation


3.4
great

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
October 3rd, 2017 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Decreation” is everything you want and everything you’d expect

There are certain modern death metal albums, when heard, illicit a feeling of "hey, these would have been classics back in the day." These albums, such as Black Death Horizon, Anareta, and Starspawn pilfer from the 90s and early aughts, when death metal was rupturing. Masterpieces from Entombed, Death, Gorguts, et al. were falling like rain. It's no wonder the past five years have seen bands like Obliteration or Blood Incantation who lust after that golden era. Acephalix and its kin, however, have always felt much more vital; a group of musicians who cut their teeth on the classics but wanted something more for themselves. While not a modern classic, Decreation should be admired as one of the more solid death metal offerings this year.

As solid as Deathless Master was, the five-year wait for Acephalix's Decreation has been more than bearable thanks to Necrot and Vastum, with whom the band shares members. Acephalix has repeatedly assuaged fans that, no, they in fact had not broken up to pursue other projects. Great news, because Acephalix are a very different entity than Vastum and Necrot, now more than ever.

Aping old school death metal, Acephalix blend Swedish and American sounds together in some predictable, albeit successful, ways. The guitars are clean and the drums have been beefed back from their d-beat influenced days. Bass is toned down, segregating the album from the murky hell that is Vastum. What remains is filtered classic death metal, purified by punk and crust. One might get whiffs of Celtic Frost or Motorhead, even.

Influences aside, Decreation isn't a bevy of fresh-takes or ingenuity. It's death metal in 2017, which means it's either diluted for the sake of trying something new, or it means that it looks sternly towards the past. Acephalix are of course the latter. Loving attention has been paid to their older sound, of crust and hardcore, but it still wears its old-school badge proudly. It is here that Decreation earns admiration. For all its "been there, done that" feeling, Acephalix feel wholly confident; satisfied of their illustrious pedigree and what they have given to the genre they love.



Recent reviews by this author
Bell Witch Mirror ReaperBlut Aus Nord Deus Salutis Meae
Miley Cyrus Younger NowCannabis Corpse Left Hand Pass
Cormorant DiasporaAfterbirth The Time Traveler's Dilemma
user ratings (7)
Chart.
3.5
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
brainmelter
October 3rd 2017


4417 Comments


nice write up xenbro
will czech

Digging: No Clear Mind - Mets

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
October 3rd 2017


2057 Comments


will czech [2]

Evokaphile
October 3rd 2017


5417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A 3.4 from xeno? Thats some high praise, all things considered. This probably rips hard af, so Ill def be checking it out.

Digging: Desolate Shrine - Deliverance From The Godless Void

Hawks
October 3rd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will czech [3]

Digging: Mur - Heartworn

Hawks
October 3rd 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This fucking rules.

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
October 3rd 2017


2948 Comments


Oh man totally forgot about this band. Might give this a squizz

Hawks
October 4th 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I haven't jammed a shit ton of dm this year, but this is def one of the best I've heard so far tbh. Prob will end up on my end of the year list.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2017


15533 Comments


The Anne Carson book which this was apparently inspired by is good

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2017


21858 Comments


2017 - the year people start reviewing bands I've been talking about for years

Digging: Grinning Death's Head - Blood War

Astral Abortis
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2017


2948 Comments


Don’t pull an Anthracks on us man.

“WHERE WAS YOUR SUPPORT IN 2012”

Hawks
October 7th 2017


51066 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahahaha classic. m/

Evokaphile
October 10th 2017


5417 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album definitely deserves more attention

Spacesh1p
October 11th 2017


7021 Comments


"2017 - the year people start reviewing bands I've been talking about for years"

Here's your trophy


































Digging: Echospace - Liumin

AdolfChrist
October 11th 2017


12268 Comments


Lmao, shut up spirit.

Digging: Protomartyr - Relatives In Descent



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy