|Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
September 25th, 2013
Release length: 46:10
Decahedron presents a mixture of The Black Dahlia Murder with grim keyboard melodies bands in the dubbed “Blackcore” genre would churn out. Atmospherically, the band and crisp audio quality really stand out. The main issue is that not all the songs do. “Corrupted” starts off with a slow build before diving head first into pure idol-worship of the first of the two bands mentioned. The song sounds rich, and the fast pace can be infectious, especially in the solo, but still feels held back a bit. The guitars sound good, but aren’t too thick, often caving to the louder, tighter drumming, and finding a solid vocal performance that suffers from being a bit distant, as well as not having much range outside the steady raspy screams and some backing growls that are about the same pitch. “The Possession” is a slower moving track with some decent chugging at times, and “Eyes” is a mid-tempo performance with some simpler traditional hooks. Sadly, both of the tracks offer very little outside some keyboards, though the latter of the two actually conflict with the lyrical content at times.
It isn’t until “Foreboding Visions” that the music really grabs you, and that’s thanks to leaving behind the painfully obvious The Black Dahlia Murder influence for something a little more unique. The song hits you with infectious melodic hooks and stern drumming that doesn’t take away from the sharper riffs or the Behemoth worthy symphonies during the breakdown around the two-minute mark. This touch shows up on “Misanthropic Entrapment” as well, but it’s hard to deny some Abigail Williams influence in the keyboard presence at times. The track seems to go on forever, which is a good thing since the deeper you get, the more epic and commanding it becomes. Then there’s “A Dreamless Machine,” which still shows traits of the aforementioned worship, but in a subtle, restricted manner to the lead guitar riffs. The main allure here is the atmosphere, which is simply ominous, and during the chorus a bit moving thanks to the keyboards in the background adding a glimmer of repenting light to the dismal performance.
Decahedron is an odd mixture of influences and idol-worship. One one hand you have somes that show a Symphonic Black Metal meets Metalcore approach bands like Abigail Williams and Winds of Plague are known for, and in the other you get near-perfect carbon copies of another well established band’s material. When Kupid’s Kurse is able to put their own little spin on things, small as it may be, it does become a grim, ominous experience that isn’t completely reliant on the keyboards to weave a punishing atmosphere. This is where the group excels, and really needs to concentrate on. Yes, this full-length has some of its own faults, such as a mild vocal range and some overpowering drums, both of which oddly seem to correct themselves towards the end of the release thanks to the richer, more enthusiastic performances, but with all that said, about half of Decahedron is worth your time, while the other is for those who can’t wait for the next The Black Dahlia Murder album to drop.
01. Corrupted – 3:38
02. Foreboding Visions – 5:33
03. The Blight – 4:32
04. A Dreamless Machine – 3:45
05. Engulfed by Darkness – 5:10
06. Misanthropic Entrapment – 4:16
07. The Possession – 3:36
08. Eyes – 3:59
09. The Modern Prometheus – 4:30
10. Lunar Mutation – 7:12
|Initial Pressing Score: 6/10