Display Of Decay- Dust Of Existence

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label: N/A
Released: 2015
Buy Album: https://displayofdecay.bandcamp.com/album/dust-of-existence
Band Website: http://www.displayofdecay.net

Band Line-up:Display-of-Decay-Dust-of-Existence-e1436972578869

Sean Watson – Guitar,
Avery Desmarais – Drums,
Jessy Leduc – Vocals,
Jacob Maisonneuve – Bass,
Jeremy Puffer – Guitar.

Track Listing:

1. Created To Kill
2. Relentless Reprisal
3. Messiah Complex
4. Maruta
5. Cellar Goreatory
6. High Voltage Castration
7. Nyctophilia
8. Dust of Existence

Review

Purveyors of brutal death metal will know that any decent album will need be able to mix speed with groove to augment each. The combination makes for an overall heavier sound, so the balance needs be delicately mixed.

Canadian brutal death metallers DISPLAY OF DECAY definitely get the balance correct on sophomore album “Dust Of Existence”. There’s enough bulky riffs and slams to get whip up a headbanging storm and start a small riot in a mosh pit, whilst there’s enough blasts of speed and technicality to round off the mix. “Relentless” (aptly-named) combines neo-thrash riffage to chunky power chords, whilst “Cellar Goreatory” echoes the vocal delivery of DYING FETUS with some of the low-down riffs of NILE. It’s par-for-the-course throughout, and extremely focused – tracks are trimmed of fat, lean and very mean.

Each track has its own story to it – opener is based on the Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, whilst “High Voltage Castration” is based on an old (and rather grim) torture method. But it’s closer and titular track “Dust Of Existence” that stands out in this respect. “The calm after the storm”, the track has a slightly oppressive and suffocating feel – it’s uncomfortable and burns a lot slower than the rest of the album, but is by no means less heavy. It’s the stand-out and demonstrates the band’s care for song craft.

The album is not without its flaws – the bass, whilst low and balanced with the guitars, has an unusual “burping” quality to its upper register which on more than one occasion distracts from the track, whilst some may find the lack of dynamics until the closer a little flat. Nevertheless,“Dust Of Existence” is a pleasing nod to old school death metal, with a few modern tinges – it will certainly cause that aforementioned riot in the pit.

Review by: Lee Carter
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