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Review: Decrepit Birth - Polarity
Decrepit Birth

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 38:29
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.76/5 (75.2%) (25 Votes)

Technical Death Metal isn't my cup of tea – most of the time anyway. For the most part, I find it bland and uninteresting, of interest only to musicians who want to hear what they can't play. This new album by Decrepit Birth however has enough things going on to be at least interesting. Fucked up time changes and clickety drums aside, the band use a lot of melody on the album, preventing this from just sounding like a bunch of random notes put together to impress the kids. As a bonus, said melodies provide some catchiness and even make some of the songs memorable, which is more than I can say for most technical Death Metal I've heard in the past.

While one can go nuts trying to keep up with the guitars which change direction every few seconds, throwing you completely off track and doing the same thing again when you start to catch up, the way these guys do it actually makes this somehow fun to listen to – at times it almost feels like a musical puzzle. In other words, Decrepit Birth have taken the "boring" out of technical Death Metal. While I still prefer material from the likes of Master, The Chasm and many other less technically-inclined bands, Polarity has kept me coming back and asking for more.

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