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Review: Oxblood Forge - Decimator
Oxblood Forge

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 49:18
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: June 26, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (4 Votes)

Decimator is the debut album from Oxblood Forge, a band that Metal-Archives has listed as "heavy/doom/stoner", but I don't hear the doom/stoner very much. To my ears this is modern traditional metal with vocals that alternate between nearly death and sort of screamy. There are some tasty riffs lurking in songs like "Forged in Fire" and the band covers Angel Witch's "Sorceress", so you know they are at least leaning in the '80s direction. Other songs, like "Mortal Salience" have a distinctive modern sound and song structure but it never quite goes into core territory. In describing Decimator, I would say I hear a lot of traditional metal with almost technical death metal flourishes. I don't think the modern and traditional approaches have been combined well and there's a discordance between the singing and riffing that I find grating at times. So, obviously Decimator isn't my cup of tea, there's too much of a modern approach for me but I will say it is heavy. The cover art, on the other hand, is bad ass.

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