Macabre Decay – Into Oblivion
Grind To Death Records
Release Date: 18/06/2021
Running Time: 37:24
Review by Victor Augusto
Again, I have to remind you how I like, where possible, to follow new bands from the beginning and for their entire career. The opportunity to watch them evolve musically and professionally is something that I really admire on this path as a reviewer. However, for the band in this review, I have not been a dedicated follower of everything that they have done for 7 years and this is the first time that I written about them since I started my journey as a reviewer.
That does not mean that this is the first time I have heard of the Swedish Death metallers, Macabre Decay, as I have a CD from of their first demo that travelled from the US to this creepy huge land called Brazil. At that time, I won it on the Metal Meltdown radio show from DJ David Softee (yes, the same DJ that I mentioned in my Motorhammer review) after I answered a question about a line-up change that they talked about in an interview. At that time, I wasn’t a reviewer, so the impression you get of a band is a little different when you are just a listener and not writing about them!
Considering I am now hearing “Into Oblivion”, their second full album, and not the demo of a new band, the perception is even deeper. This time I noticed more elements and details that I hadn’t realised before. My first impression is that Macabre Decay flee from the typical Swedish Death Metal sound!
“What do you want to say, Victor?” (This is my schizophrenic inner mental voice talking to me). Well, when the words Death Metal and Sweden are used together, it is hard not to picture crystal clear sonorities with a dense and dark atmosphere created by a wall of melodies, riffs and heaviness. “Are you saying that Macabre Decay don’t have these?” (Hello again, Mr. Schizo!). No, I am not saying that at all!
I can feel all of those elements on this album, but they are more diluted within the 37 minutes of brutality. What caught my attention is how they are more oriented to bands like Bolt Thrower or Entombed. Nevertheless, they don’t forget about what has made Swedish heavy music famous around the world.
The vocals of Henka Andersson are pretty guttural, inspired, or similar to, the early Cannibal Corpse albums. Fredrik Gunnarsson offers brutal riffs complemented by Sami Mäki on lead guitars. The bass of Henrik Edlund Ljung walks in a more aggressive line to follow the linear structures of drummer Martin Knutar. None of them try to sound exuberant, but they work excellently as a team to create a good synergy.
I can mention songs like ‘Utterly Helpless’ that offers melodies akin the best Swedish Melodic Death Metal. What about technique? Maybe the beautiful acoustic ‘The Becoming of Art’ could answer that. This song is like an intro for the remarkable ‘Altered Flesh’ that, for me, is the best track on the album. This song has a mixture of everything I have mentioned so far although, maybe, the killer track ‘Wall of Bones’ can beat it with its hellish melodies, but I prefer to let to you decide which song is the best.
“No bullshit, just Death Metal”. These words are from the band on the Press Release and it defines perfectly what “Into Oblivion” is. I can assure you that this statement is true, but Macabre Decay is a very technical band as well. The achievement in their music is how they’ve found an amazing balance between aggressiveness and technique. The result is a very straight sound that can make you bang your head whilst enjoying technical, well-structured, compositions.
‘Kräks, Förruttnelse och Våld’ (Lyric Video)
02. Impenitent Homicide
03. Into Oblivion
04. Utterly Helpless
05. The Becoming Of Art
06. Altered Flesh
07. Wall Of Bones
08. Last Breath
09. Beauty In Carnage
10. Kräks, Förruttnelse och Våld
Fredrik Gunnarsson – Guitars
Henka Andersson – Vocals
Henrik Edlund Ljung – Bass
Sami Mäki – Lead Guitars
Martin Knutar – Drums
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