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Review: Darkened - Kingdom of Decay
Kingdom of Decay

Label: Edged Circle Productions
Year released: 2020
Duration: 43:43
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 23, 2020
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Kingdom of Decay

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)

Darkened is a rather nondescript band name and it's the artwork that caught my eye and made me keep reading, otherwise I'd likely have skipped this promo. Who said artwork isn't important? ;) This is an international cooperation, but the album really comes off like the result of a well-oiled machine with members having worked closely together for years. Kingdom of Decay is filled with heavy, muddy-ish, mid to fast-paced death metal that can probably be described—in part—as the bastard child of New York and Swedish death metal. It's dark and a little bit on the dark and doomy side and contains a heavy dose of melodic moments in between the heavier, crunchier metallic parts, which cranks up the dark aspect even more with a melancholic vibe. There really isn't anything new on this album; chances are you've heard something very similar before. But when it's this well executed, well... crush on.

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