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Review: Decrepitus - Break-the-Code

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 21:21
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

You know I'm normally not too hot about Death Metal. This promo came in unsolicited, and since it's not too bad (from Norway), I decided to give it a shot, thus this review.

Decrepitus was founded by guitar player AC, who left Black Metal act Vragvold. The other members are also involved with other Black Metal bands. So perhaps this partly explains why I found Break-the-Code enjoyable, but I wonder why they simply did not form a new Black Metal band. Anyhow, this is their debut release; a short 21 minutes offering containing only six tracks. Besides the opening track, a nice acoustic piece with nature samplings and wicked voices, the compositions in general are pretty generic and of the melodic Death Metal style. What pleased me was the moderate pace and crunchy riffs, similar to rock music, found in a couple of places. As pleasantly surprising were the good tremolo pickings and leads, showing their Black Metal roots. Add to this the distorted arpeggios and the good growls on the positive aspects of this disc. Nothing too fancy to be heard here either in terms of electronics, and no keyboards whatsoever. We can hear some motorcycle sounds on "Blood Bath" too.

Break-the-Code does not break any new ground, but will appeal to the Death Metal crowd.

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