|Review: Decrepit Birth - Diminishing Between Worlds|
|Diminishing Between Worlds|
Label: Unique Leader
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
for:Diminishing Between Worlds
Rated 3.79/5 (75.86%) (29 Votes)
Decrepit Birth got a lot of publicity for their debut, both positive and negative, and I ended up hearing this one first. It is with great disdain that I admit that this sucks, the band having gone from the tolerable-but-mediocre Suffocation worship of the debut to a half-assed "technical" style that sounds like a case of worship of every single band that ever played the style before them - Atheist, Cynic, late-era Death, Necrophagist, et cetera forever, but rest assured, it is all there to some degree. It would be one thing if this were good Tech Death, but it's not. In fact, I can barely even listen to this awful, awful crap without wishing I were deaf.
Picture the most generic Technical Death Metal you can think of. Chuggy, hollow, angular riffs that only stop for the odd flourish of 70s-style psychedelic melody and/or a guitar solo that goes on forever, odd time signatures, monotonous roars from behind the mic, and lame "insightful" lyrics that will inevitably get praised for being "more than the usual gore-fest lyrics!" by people who don't know what they're talking about. Now remove any semblance of good or even listenable songwriting ability, and you've got this album. Every single song sounds the same, all running together into a steaming pile of convoluted garbage, never varying in tempo or tone. Seriously, Atheist and Cynic. Both good bands, and both bands that this album clearly draws influence from, but those bands wrapped their technical/melodic excesses around already stellar songs, whereas Decrepit Birth don't even have any songs to wrap those excesses around in the first place. I can almost feel Chuck Schuldiner rolling over in his grave down there.
And now the final nail in Decrepit Birth's coffin: this has got to be one of the tamest, most inoffensive Death Metal albums I've ever heard, and that ultra-melodic, fluffy production job doesn't help. Where's the anger? Where's that bubbling, vile, putrid sense of hatred that should seep from this like toxic bile from a rusty, skull-and-crossbones can? Fuck, come on Decrepit Birth, if you're not going to write any good songs, at least bash your shitty songs out with some fucking conviction, or just shut up and go back to packing meat at the supermarket.
Good God, this really sucks.
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