Technical death metal is one genre that I can’t decide if I love or loathe. I like my music heavy, but with hooks and melodies as well. This genre doesn’t really hold up on both ends of the deal for me most of the time. When we talk about a blend of all these elements though, I find myself completely unable to stop listening to whatever the album is that delivers on the goods. The last one for me was probably Job For A Cowboy’s “Sun Eater” which has seen a few years pass since it was released now.
Not hugely familiar with Disentomb aside from know they have been around a while now and have a pretty solid following within the modern death metal scene, their latest album ‘The Decaying Light’ came as pretty much what I expected to hear = technical, heavy, and consistent. The production on this release is huge and the capabilities on display here are nothing short of impressive. The songs themselves are where I lose a little interest as the album wears on, but I’ve already explained that this is not my first musical genre of choice either, so I’m not surprised.
The playing precision is flawless, and you can tell a lot of time has gone into meticulously crafting this production from start to finish. The overall sound gives me a bit of a Spawn of Possession vibe with the drumming being phenomenally tight and progressively structured. The album on the whole just gets a bit samey for me over the course of the listen. Nonetheless, if you’re a fan of hard hitting death metal and slamming riffs then you would benefit from giving the album a spin.
Unique Leader Records
Reviewed by Chris McEwin