|Review: Decadence - Six Tape|
Label: Heavy Dose
Year released: 2019
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: November 23, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)
Swedish Thrash duo Decadence formed in 2003, broke up in 2012, then came back in 2016, and odds are you didn't notice a thing. Yes, these two have flown well under the radar their entire careers, but they kept going at it anyway and with the release of their latest album, Six Tape, I'd say all that time and effort was worth it.
Musically, Decadence play a form of melodic, aggressive, in-yer-face Thrash Metal not too far removed from what Testament was doing in the 2000s. The band is in top form here, with guitarist/bassist Kenneth Lanz masterfully pumping out piercing riffs and "Metallic" Kitty Saric attacking the mic with venomous growls, snarls, and roars that sound like the unholy union of Angela Gossow and Maurice Swinkels. Session drummer Lawrence Dinamarca (Carnal Forge, Lock Vostok, etc.) does a fine job as well, going nuts behind the drum kit like a rabid animal for most of the album. There are no weak tracks on here, just an endless barrage of Thrash Metal goodness one track after the other.
What makes this album great is that it's clearly made by people who are passionate about what they do. There aren't really any gimmicks to hide behind or middle roads to take with this kind of music, you either believe in what you do or you don't, plain and simple. With as long as they've been going and as good as this album is, I think it's safe to say that they are dedicated to pumping out spikes, leather, and fucking Metal, and they do it with a conviction and prowess that would make most wannabes out there shake in their boots. Recommended without reservation.
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