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Review: Détente - Decline

Label: Cognitive Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 35:09
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: November 13, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

Many years after their debut, Recognize No Authority (and not counting the compilation History I), Détente is back. At first, the notorious Ann Boleyn was chosen to lead them up from the depths of obscurity; however, she dropped out of the project. For her replacement, unknown Tina Teal was tabbed to handle the microphone. With their new front woman, Détente released their comeback album, Decline.

It is as if they were never apart. Decline sounds far superior to the debut, both in production and quality of songwriting. What Détente do stick with is their attitude toward their country. The opening line of the first track tells it all; "Welcome to the land of rape and money." While the production smoothes out some of the rawness of the debut, there is still an 80s feel to it. Decline sounds as though it was released only a few years after Recognize No Authority, vs. 24.

Détente haven't changed their style much over the years, either. There are a few reminders of the hardcore riffs they employed back in the day. This is not S.O.D. but there are some shared roots. The aggression that marked the band is still there and the maniacal beats sound as if they never stopped. Decline sounds like Anthrax with a slightly different, although still aggressive, approach.

With all of their might and spirit, Decline has its limitations. The material is rather simple, but that is in character for Détente. What the band didn't succeed at was making something truly memorable. They have some good songs, but that wasn't enough to be considered for best comeback album. It seems like they rushed some things and left other unfinished. Decline is quite short and doesn't give the full picture of the band's capabilities. It is right to the point, old school metal with no bullshit, yet it isn't enough. With luck, their next album will be even better.

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Review: Recognize No Authority (reviewed by Michel Renaud)
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