Thursday, September 15, 2011
Decrepitaph- Profane Doctrines Unburied
Decrepitaph are a NWOSDM band from Dallas, Texas, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Elektrokutioner and Sinworm. They've been around for six years, but have two previous full lengths as well as a TON of splits and EP's; I would assume that a two man band would be less prolific, but these guys must have some great chemistry.
Profane Doctrines Unburied is their third full lengeth effort, and right off the bat it gets credit for staying away from both of the strong trends that have developed in the new wave of old school death metal movement; HM-2 drenched Sunlight Studios clone band and Incantation worship. They also score a few points for not being a gimmicky campy stereotypically Razorback Records band like so many of their labelmates in Frightmare, Ghoul, etc.
I would venture to say that Decrepitaph sound more like UK underground heroes Cancer, through their very chunky, aggressive, punky riffing and guitar sound. That said, Decrepitaph's approach to death metal is probably a bit more varied than Cancer's, perhaps taking some influence from Bolt Thrower as well. They don't just go for the throat the entire album, sticking to a measured mid pace on average but not shying away from slower sections, especially during their slow, creepy leads. Speaking of those, they're great. The leads and solos on this album sound like horror movie themes played on the electric guitar.
Every second of this album is strictly old school, from the strictly non-blasting drumming to the ambiguously horrifying subject matter. If you're tired of endless Swedeath neophytes and Incantion plagiarists, but want to hear great new death metal, Profane Doctrines Unburied is for you.