Register Forgot login?

© 2002-2019
Encyclopaedia Metallum

Best viewed
without Internet Explorer,
in 1280 x 960 resolution
or higher.

Privacy Policy

Kinda generic, but tried and true. - 65%

hells_unicorn, December 2nd, 2019
Written based on this version: 2019, Digital, Rotten Cemetery Records (Bandcamp)

It's extremely difficult to be original within the limited template that slam death foists upon its affiliate bands, it's all but a foregone conclusion that any upstart hoping to break into this heavily packed and option-limited scene is going to end up sounding almost identical to something that had already been recorded ten years prior. To their credit, Chilean slammers Decomposed do make a solid effort in presenting this style in an effective manner, exploiting all the usual tricks of the trade but doing so in a tasteful manner, avoiding a number of excesses in either production, performance or certain instrumental gimmicks that some bands have openly flaunted in the name of standing out in the pack. All the same, it's difficult to listen to their brief, 8 minute long debut EP Worm-Eaten Divinities without hearing as many as a dozen other bands that treaded the same path at the onset of this now nearly concluded decade.

Credit should be given at this album's onset as the typical sample of some serial killer being interviewed or some kill scene in a splatter flick has been foregone for a more haunting aesthetic. Granted, the church bell ringing in the midst of a raging thunderstorm approach that is "Ascending Into Decomposition" has been done before, but not heavily in this particular style, and the band does take things a step further by throwing in some guitar noise for added dissonance and dread. But once the actual songs commence, it's the usual assortment of machine-gun drumming, methodical grooves with occasional guitar screams or tremolo bursts, and a gurgling vocal presentation clear out of the Matti Way school of incomprehensible expression. Perhaps the only real point of uniqueness to emerge is a heavier bass presence, which does serve to moderate the mix a bit, and occasional time is even allotted for a fleeting Alex Webster styled bass fill.

This is by no means a bad offering, and it's even a bit impressive given that Chile isn't exactly known for having a rich history of brutal death metal when compared with the highly expansive scenes in Europe and North America. Then again, anyone who isn't a rank newcomer to the genre will find this on the generic side, being competently executed, but largely indistinguishable from the stuff Pathology and Katalepsy were doing in the late 2000s. It checks every single box neatly and features performances that are adequate, bordering on above average at times, but it's just so by the numbers that it struggles to stand out for anyone who has even a 3rd grade familiarity with where brutal death metal has gone over the past 15 years.