Band: Macabre Decay
Title: Into Oblivion
Label: Grind to Death Records
Release date: 18 June 2021
Format reviewed: High-quality Digital Recording
Ok, so… it’s obvious that you are not here for flowers or pink unicorns. This is Old School Swedish Death Metal, so welcome to a great journey through massive riffs, growled vocals and relentless drums that will leave your ears bleeding and craving for more. Are you ready?
Macabre Decay have been in the metal scene since 2014, but these guys are not new in it. This is their second full-length album, and they really have the guts and the skills required for this sound. “Icon” is the opener track, and the amount of aggression on this song will hit you hard from the very beginning. Vocals are simply great, those deep growls are not really understandable but who cares?, this is Death Metal! And those animalistic screams here and there… it’s like Andersson is ripping off his lungs! Drums are perfectly marking the pace for the brilliant guitar work here, ohh those riffs! What a fantastic start…
Talking about mind blowing riffs, listen to the song “Into Oblivion” and be prepared for the excellent guitar and bass work in this one, totally old school, pure delight! “Utterly Helpless” starts with a killer riff, promising a high dose of rage spilled directly into your ears. I just felt brainwashed and overwhelmed by its fury. In the middle of this song things calm down a bit, it’s like allowing you to breathe for some seconds before the unyielding rage strikes again. I love the melody it contains, not soft at all, but powerful and strong. You must listen to it and you’ll understand.
“Wall of Bones” is another outstanding track, here the “old school feel” is present throughout the entire song. That’s what this album stands for: a massive display of classic sound, perfectly executed by Mäki and Gunnarsson at six strings and Edlund at bass, and Knutar behind the drums, all together playing with passion and high technique. And as I’ve said before, Andersson is a beast, vocally speaking!
*Amazing cover art done by Niklas Persson Webjörn, only by looking at it you can imagine that some kind of horrific gore stuff is behind this art, it’s perfect! I give this album 8,5/10. Sílvia
8,5/10 To Greatness and glory!
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