Saturday, August 19, 2017
Decayed: The Burning of Heaven (2016)
With a black metal band that has been around for as long as Decayed has, it is no surprise to hear that their style is rooted in the far more aggressive, hateful styles of the second wave bands from Norway and Sweden. The thrash and punk influences are obvious from the riffing style, which is mostly simple and repetitive. The album as a whole is dirty and raw black metal. I certainly have no complaints about that, as I have frequently discussed my preference for this particular style of black metal. The vocals are a fairly typical rasp, but not so much that the lyrics are not easily heard or understood. The production is nice and crisp, which is something of a rarity in black metal, but which helps to really hear the instrumentation.
This is definitely not a retread of Transilvanian Hunger, despite the comments earlier about simple riffing style. It is much more similar to later Darkthrone. Some of the songs are quite lengthy with more progressive structures. The band does not simply rely on one riff over and over again for each song. In fact, the album does seem to be more of a concept album, with a couple of short interludes among the tracks.
This is a raw, dirty, thrashing black metal album. It is exactly the type of black metal I love. I love this album.