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Review: Silver Talon - Decadence and Decay
Silver Talon
Decadence and Decay

Label: M-Theory Audio
Year released: 2021
Duration: 46:40
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: July 18, 2021
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Decadence and Decay

Rated 3.92/5 (78.33%) (12 Votes)

Silver Talon are a new band formed by members of some kinda-heard-of-them bands like Spellcaster and Sanctifyre. This is definitely on that continuum of the so-called New Wave of True Heavy Metal, being deliberately evocative of classic metal sounds and clinging hard to an underground aesthetic. I applaud the impulse of these kind of bands, even if a lot of them don't seem to have the chops to hit what they are aiming at.

Silver Talon definitely have chops. The riffs and playing on here are pro without sounding slick, and the production is heavy without being too glossy. The influences here are obvious, but also there are a lot of them: Onward, Warlord, Sanctuary, Helstar, Crescent Shield—all kinds of bands in the US-Metal canon find their way in here. This band also shares some drawbacks of the style that are just as familiar—the songwriting is mostly at a similar kind of middle pace, so overall it seems to lack variety, and a lot of the songs go on longer than they need to, and so wear a bit before they are done. Both the album and the songs themselves have the tendency to start strong and then not have quite enough ideas to sustain them through their running time. This is an ambitious album, and I think this is a band to watch, especially for fans of classic US Heavy Metal, but it's not an instant classic.

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