Decrepit Birth

1. (A Departure of the Sun) Ignite the Tesla Coil
2. Metatron
3. The Resonance
4. Polarity
5. Solar Impulse
6. Mirroring Dimensions
7. A Brief Odyssey in Time
8. The Quickening of Time
9. Sea of Memories
10. Symbiosis
11. Darkness Embrace
12. See Through Dreams (DEATH Cover)

Matt Sotelo – guitars
Bill Robinson – vocals
Derek Boyer – bass

...And Time Begins (2003)
Diminishing Between Worlds (2008)

Produced by Zack Ohren

Released 23/7-2010
Reviewed 5/8-2010


American Death metal, I am not a fan. I am not a fan of the genre that is but there is one band from american death that I have enjoyed, Cynic which they actually compare this band to, and who are they you wonder. They are of course the record label and I would also point out to say that a comparison with Cynic is quite a bit off, howerver, the cover can with some imagination be said to be somewhat similar.

Musically it is mostly the american kind of death metal with very dark deep grunting vocals and that accompanied by smattering drums and fast running guitars make up the foundation of this band but they are really not all dark and death metallic. There are some acoustic parts as well as this regular death metal stuff.

I must really admit that I do not like this record, it is dull and boring record in most parts as the monotone vocal parts make me bored. Did I say bored? Well there are some decent parts in the record as well, it starts good with acoustic and melodic stuff to then fall flat when the vocal parts begin and there are some non-vocal stuff which are quite good but they are scattered a little here and there and can never make up for the sad excuse for music that is the parts where the band sing.

I have a big struggle to say anything positive about this record, but maybe what I just mentioned and then we have the fact that it is not nearly as bad as Immolation which I reviewed some time ago and that is always a positive. In the end though it is a really boring record, sure it sounds reasonable production wise but there are just not any good songs there and the vocal parts are just too bad.

I would say that this record is at its best when it is turned off.


Label - Massacre Records
Three similar bands - All Shall Parrish/Suffocation/Immolation
: Daniel Källmalm