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  • Decayed - "The Ancient Brethren" 2012
    BLACKSEED PRODUCTIONS
    PORTUGAL

    Decayed - The Ancient Brethren Moonspell may be the most popular export from Portugal as far as metal is concerned, but they certainly aren’t representative for the Lusitian metal scene. I don’t care what you scenesters, Hot Topic dwelling tweens and douchebag hipsters decide is hot this week, I will always defend Decayed. “The Ancient Brethren” is this band’s ninth full-length release since forming in 1990, and while the line-ups may have changed, Decayed’s sound never strayed too much from the path of devastatingly heavy and utterly relentless death/black metal. Much like 2008’s “The Black Metal Flame” this record emphasizes the band’s death metal aspect more, and like that record there is a current of Australian war-metal and early European death metal that runs through out this record. Like many of the earlier black metal formations Decayed is ultimately a ripping thrash metal band with an occult paintjob. It also helps that bass guitar can be heard plucking and popping away. Most of the time the bassist is quite happy to just double the guitars, but it’s good that the bass guitar can be heard in the background. For one it is a naturally warm sounding production, retaining that organic crunch so often lost in today’s habitually flat and sterile sounding digital production jobs. If you, like me, are of the opinion that too much black – and death metal has descended in becoming a parody and caricature of itself, you’ll probably love this record a whole lot more. The early black (and death) metal bands didn’t care about who wrote the most difficult song, who had the most strings on their guitar or who could blast the fastest. No. They just wrote incredible songs and had no other ulterior motive but that one objective. Unfortunately, Decayed are a lone beacon in a sea of mediocrity, hero-worship and bedroom projects gone horribly and incredibly wrong. I don’t care what you faggots think about this record, or its production or anything else. This stuff rocks and it is leagues better than the latest signing of Sumerian Records, Sevared, Unique Leader, Victory Records or whatever stupid label is ‘in’ this week. Sometimes I wish you’d just leave me alone. Unless you are a pretty girl from Portugal, then I’d love to hear from you...

    www.blackseedprod.comWouter ________8 search for Decayed

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