Album Review Format: Digital Stream
Band Name: Decryptus
Title: The Necrotic Design
Date of Release: 2015
Record Label: Independent
Genre: Death Metal
Reviewed by: Geoff McGraw
Track listings: 1. The Necrotic Design (Part 1:The Chrysalis Throne, Part 2: Altars Of Fleshless Void, Part 3: Ouroboros Rising)
Decryptus is comprised of guitarist and vocalist Will Magnuson, Dane McKenzie on guitars as well, drummer Sam Philips, and thick stringer Dominic Zambelli. This quartet drops a single 15:18 track with 3 subdivisions as their ep, which bears the question is it a single or a 3P?
Well either way it doesn't really matter, I am beginning to wonder what the Australian people put in their water down there. Over the last couple of years very strong releases from the land down under have been cropping up and Decryptus is providing a very healthy entry into the "Holy Shit This Rocks" category. Well composed and powerful, Decryptus manages to stretch their wings and their talents, and within just 15 minutes blow me away. It's got it all, powerful intro, headbanging riffs, powerful beautiful solo, frenetic pit inducing mosh candy, a haunting moment reminiscent of the intro and then stopping suddenly and leaving you wanting more. So much so that you have to listen again, and that isn't gonna help 'cause that cliffhanger ending will lead you straight back to the beginning again. Bundle all this with an intelligent tribute to George Orwell worked in there and DAMN!
There is no weak link on this other than it's just too damn short. Limited to 250 copies of the disc, it is worth the buy even with shipping to own what may very well be the 1st offering, outside of demos, from a band I expect great things from. This is one of those songs that I wish I had written. Count me as Frickin' Impressed!
9 of 10 horns (with a neck snap for good measure)