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Old, School, Death, Metal - 72%

Hames_Jetfield, November 24th, 2021

After the premiere of "The Nightmare Of Being" the dust settled, and a few months later...3/5 line-up of At The Gates hit with "Death, Madness, Horror, Decay" by The Lurking Fear project, that is strongly associated with the known band! Okay, The Lurking Fear can boast not only members and patents from At The Gates. After all, they also have the influences of a few others (more on that in a moment), but it's known, the music of the Swedes under this name is mainly treated as the alter ego of this "main" band, i.e. as more old school death metal and in opposition to the melodic (or progressive) face.

Anyway, "Death, Madness, Horror, Decay" continues a lot of threads from the debut. So, it's still a compromise between the sounds of At The Gates and those like Entombed, Grave or Dismember, but most importantly, it's still nothing that is forced. Yes, all of the elements of this music (i.e. melodies, heaviness, oldschool or general dynamics) flow very naturally here and you can hear that the musicians just had a great time when they were recording it. It's not much for such names, and in the context of the previous album even less, but, as I mentioned, the whole cd is listened to really well, it does not lack a decent sound and it lasts quite optimally for a 12-track material (about 38 minutes). In fact, with such brevity, virtually any of the tracks could be suitable for a single. Okay, "Restless Death" or "Leech Of The Aeons" are distinguished by a more twisted atmosphere (as if from..."The Nightmare Of Being"!), but also in them those keyboard accents serve only as an addition to the death sounds.

With such albums as "Death, Madness, Horror, Decay" the summary is quite classic. Those who like "Out Of The Voiceless Grave" will also like "Death, Madness, Horror, Decay", there are probably no other options. Alternatively...possibly those who like At The Gates may be tempted too.

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