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Review: Perpetuum - Gradual Decay of Conscience
Gradual Decay of Conscience

Label: Australis Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 40:34
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: September 20, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
Readers Rating
Gradual Decay of Conscience

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

I want to think this is more than it is. Perpetuum play quirky and unique black/death that is anything but normal. The songs are intricately written, and often veer off into progressive territory. It's atypically structured, with riffs transitioning one to another throughout the song-- far from your run of the mill opening riff-verse-bridge-chorus style. Yet, with all this going for it, Perpetuum are for the most part... pretty boring. While many riffs, melodies, and verses are good individually, the songs never really come together in any compelling way.

Perpetuum have a very unique sound on Gradual Decay of Conscience, which makes the Chileans easier to like. Any band breaking free of genre-based shackles scores points with me. That excitement lasts throughout the album's beginning, but it unfortunately fades, so very quickly. The initial enthusiasm for unique music is lost as the later songs fail to come into their own. They're still unique, and occasionally a riff comes in that would get any head rolling. Yet, as I said earlier, these songs are simply interesting riffs layered on top of each other, with little care for song construction. The result is a very lukewarm album with a very promising first five minutes.

A necessary component to engaging uniqueness is attention to detail and songwriting. Perpetuum are only halfway there.

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