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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: 3.25/5

Review online: September 7, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Gradual Decay of Conscience

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (8 Votes)

This is a rather weird album from this Chilean band. Perpetuum's debut is an eclectic mix of different Death Metal styles with an added layer of Black Metal melodies for a unique and sometimes irritating sound. The music here varies from quite straight-up modern Eurodeath riffs to breakdowns infested with jazz-fusion technicality. Like you are listening to Dismember and they suddenly decide they are Cynic for a few bars. The transitions are actually well-handled, but they don't seem to serve any songwriting purpose. There are also passages of Black/Post-Metal inflected melodic riffing mixed in with the thugging and blasting. I can't say I have ever heard a sound quite like this, and it is interesting, but the chaotic songwriting is often too start-stop to keep any kind of mood, and makes this an album made up of parts, rather than a whole. Still, Perpetuum have their own sound, and that counts for a lot these days.

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