Decades Of Despair was one of those bands that I listened to back in 2008, and then swiftly forgot about. Not that they weren’t stand out—but every band coming out around that time was great, and DoD just fell away into the background.
Decades of Despair’s newest album, “Alive” is an epic, a ballad, a sonnet of brutality. These Parisian renaissance men have created a masterpiece, and I cannot find a single fault with this album. The technicality surpasses grandiloquent and showoff-y, and becomes a staple of brutality. The album rockets along at a million miles an hour, but it isn’t speed of the sake f speed. Every not seems deliberate, every riff well thought-out. The composition of the album is incredibly dynamic, but, doesn’t overstep the genre, or become cliché. It’s incredible. The only comparison I can draw is that DoD sounds like a more deathcore-y version of Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Bands that have the level of technicality and death of DoD, mostly stick to lows and gutturals it seems; but DoD rises above—implementing piercing highs, guttural lows, and even a few 80’s reminiscent glam yells. The vocal variety is what makes this album so jammable, and sets it apart from most tech-death.
Sorry for the short review, but I have nothing but good things to say about this album, and no one wants to hear me ramble on for another three paragraphs. So, if you were a fan of Throes of the Wretched (their first album), get this album. If you are a fan of fast, brutal, tech-death, get this album. I can think of no reason why you shouldn’t get this album. It’s a masterpiece.