Review: “All Hail The Decay” by Deathing

Back in 2014, the foundations of Deathing were paved from the ruins of band Ruindom when former bass player Marko Mäkinen dug up his guitar and started bombarding drummer Mikko Kivimäki with Death Metal riff ideas. He took the bait. Rami Vartiainen soon joined the fold to fill up the bass frequencies and with the material showing great promise, good friend Aleksi Tossavainen took up the seven string duties as second guitarist.

Listening to “All Hail The Decay“, there is the distinctive impression that Deathing is very much Mäkinen’s project. He handles vocals guitars and recording this debut EP in 2019, they’ve taken five years to get them to where they want them to be. There are riff ideas a plenty throughout the record and although there are times when Mäkinen doesn’t necessarily come across as the most natural of vocalists, he certainly the skills. “Kings of Terror” is a fine example of that, with Mäkinen perhaps being overly keen to impress and show off range, that leaves him struggling just a little bit in terms of the balance of when to scream and when to bark but overall it works. The lyrics are in English and there are a couple of moments of accenting that bleed out but it’s nice to hear something that isn’t generic or sounding like it’s American. The slower starting “Crash & Burn” has a big building atmospheric which is thrown to the four winds quickly to allow for some buzzsaw Entombed esq riffs that seal the idea that the roots of this band are in the Gothenburg sound with some rapid fire drumming from Kivimäki and makes for a stand out cut on the EP and benefits from a freedom of performance that you would only usually get live. Keeping the tempo high with some early In Flames styled moments “Dead World Alive” has a schizophrenic quality to the vocals which is echoed in the controlled chaos of the music. Kivimäki throws in some Black Metal styled kit work and Mäkinen reaches some new lows with his Death Metal growls before we leap headlong into the fire that is 100 seconds of “Sickness“. A rip roaring affair that plays out at the speed of sound, that hits so hard it shatters spines with headbangable riffs. In turn “Sickness” sets the tone for “Blinded By Fear” by matching the pace and energy and then introducing those classic lead parts. There are a couple moments where the train threatens to derail but you’d be so busy in the circle pit at that point that you’re not going to notice [7.5/10]

Track listing

  1. Kings of Terror
  2. Crash & Burn
  3. Dead World Alive
  4. Sickness
  5. Blinded By Fear (At The Gates Cover)

All Hail The Decay” by Deathing is out 22nd May via Inverse Records and is available for pre-order over at bandcamp

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