Disentomb
The Decaying Light


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (288 Reviews)
July 18th, 2019 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavy lies the crown.

By now it’s pretty clear that death metal has become about as expressive as it will ever be. With leanings towards jazz progressions and that all-important, yet somewhat compulsory saxophone that greets wave after wave of pummeling guitar riff and double bass work, there’s little wonder band’s are beginning to feel the sting of an underwhelmed audience. That being said, there is an uprising of sound where acts (both established and new) meld what’s modern with the very foundations of “old-school”. Australia’s Disentomb fall succinctly into this field and while The Decaying Light may not have the same impactful prowess of their rise to fame half a decade ago but the oft pummeling expressionism of mud-laced death metal runs just rampart enough to stay the course of success.

What’s clear, even as listeners get exactly what they expect from album opener, “Collapsing Skies" is a wall of guttural death metal that is experiments in clinically produced cavernous death metal. The near predictability of The Decaying Light runs parallel to the monstrous brutality offered at every twist and turn. “Collapsing Skies” maintains a sheer straight-forwardness that continues for the entirety of Disentomb’s third full-length piece, allowing ne’er a moment (save for the closing “Withering”) for the respite or convalescence required simply recover as the retch and chunder of this forty-four minute record runs its course. It’s with no uncertainty that Disentomb’s latest wall of brutal death carries a tone of the tried and true. Each individual component of the Australian based group shine together, helping mold that cataclysmic force that is maturing into longevity, but it’s not until the record’s later half to which the true potential of Disentomb is achieved. “Dismal Liturgies” swelters under its own weight, reaffirming the initial immediateness of hard-hitting quality found on the debut. Sure, the template the band has used throughout is well-maintained here, but it’s the doom filled death march that lifts “Dismal Liturgies” and the likes of “Invocation in the Cathedral of Dust” to a platform of deserving praise.

The Decaying Light may not have much room for innovation, and there’s definitely not a saxophone to speak of, but it’s the album’s penchant for predictability and (in parts) same-y song structures that prevent Disentomb’s latest from being a truly spectacular example of modern brutal death metal. At forty-four minutes, The Decaying Light isn’t quite where it needs to be to prevent a notion of “filler”, but what is showcased does in fact stand in the realms of solid as fuck death metal. Disentomb sound like they are largely ‘going through the motions’ even if it did take them the better part of five years between releases, and while that’s certainly not a bad thing, there is a level of complacency that just niggles at this album. Thankfully, the gripe is minimal and in most cases worthy of being overlooked in lieu of the album’s many great moments.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2019


9926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just a shortie. Sup Sputnik? It's been too long.

deathofasalesman
July 18th 2019


6299 Comments


Awesome review! I never quite liked the word 'niggles' but otherwise solid word choice here.
The cover looks like an homage to Goya, which is brutal.

AdolfChrist
July 18th 2019


21983 Comments


didnt expect a second review for this, but it deserves all the coverage it gets.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2019


9926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Death, i was also re-considering the word choice but it kinda just fits you know?

BigPleb
July 18th 2019


59594 Comments


The bass pops on here are so tasty, some of the best riffs/production of this year without a doubt.

Nice review as usual, Nocte.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2019


9926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Plebbie and agreed. The production here is niiice.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2019


9930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have to say that calling this 'same-y' throughout is kind of a disservice to how good these songs can get. Granted, the overall approach remains similar, but tracks definitely retain a distinctive identity.



That being said, 'tis a good review, and it's good to see you back at it.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 18th 2019


9926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've spent the last 2-3 weeks looking at spreadsheets so it's definitely good to be back at this.



As for the samey inference, I'm not saying it's a copy/paste format but rather there is a template to how these songs are put together.

bloc
July 18th 2019


57026 Comments


Another final boss on the album cover

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Anthracks
July 18th 2019


6284 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

their weakest yet

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AdolfChrist
July 18th 2019


21983 Comments


as if Nephilim is better than this, lmao.

trilo
July 18th 2019


2715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

best yet agreed

AdolfChrist
July 18th 2019


21983 Comments


jammin Nephilim and Misery tonight m/

DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I still haven't managed to finish this one, due to lack of time. It's not about the length, although this has too many songs in a bit redundant way...however it goes brutal, hard and with one of the best productions and basslines of the year. I think if I get into it I'll overcome some issues I found on first listens.

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DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That said...Centuries of Deluge fuckin rules m/

Hawks
July 19th 2019


73095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta get on this.

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DDDeftoneDDD
July 19th 2019


6387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

yes you do men

Hawks
July 19th 2019


73095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jamming now on my way to work. m/

DungeonBoy
July 19th 2019


6423 Comments


These guys are so solid

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Hawks
July 19th 2019


73095 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is damn good.



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