Get it before it’s sold out again
After almost a decade of being sold out, Deadly Carnage is reissuing their debut album, Decadenza, for a third time. Released in 2008, the record was re-released for the following two years and after four other albums, the band is bringing listeners back to their routes. For those that have been fans from the start, Decadenza will bring a wave of nostalgia to the Italian band’s black metal routes.
Throughout their career, Deadly Carnage shifted from Black Metal influence more into doom, post-rock and metal post influences. Overall, they like to experiment and push boundaries without feeling like there is a limit and if that means drawing from new influences, they do it.
With only four tracks and a run time of just over thirty minutes, Decadenza utilizes the talent they possess. The opener, “Antica Europa,” starts off with a slow acoustic section that shifts when the metal influences take over. A repeating riff starts and a drum sequence is layered soon after. The drum goes back and forth between a slow and fast beat throughout the first three, almost four, minutes of the track until the screaming, Black Metal vocals kick in. As the longest song, it does feel a bit drawn out. As stated before, vocals do not come in until almost four minutes and it is just the same riff and drum pattern until then.
“1486,” the next track on the album, sounds pretty similar to the first, but if people really listen close, they can distinguish the different guitar notes each track displays. Following the same path as the first song, “1486” has long stretches of instruments only and the screaming vocals come in every now and then. A section of the vocals stands out in this song because there is a part that sounds as if it is a chanting from a sermon.
Out of the four songs, the finisher (“Facing the path to eternity”) is the highlight of the album and is a great way to cap off Decadenza. Due to the repetitive nature and arrangement in each song, the first two tracks blend a little and make the final song stand out more. Vocals are also more present in this track while some of the others have run times of just instruments as long as “Facing the path to eternity” (5:30).
Overall, long-time fans will be delighted to see that Deadenza is being reissued and they will take a trip to the past of the band’s beginnings. People just discovering the band will find out why this album kicked off their career and will be eager to listen to the others they have produced.