The Age Of Decay
Review by JD on April 16, 2016.
I said it a few times over the last few months, and I am going to say it again Belgium is becoming the new hotbed for black metal. With an artistry that is painted with brimstone and accented with unholy complex ideas it is the new devil’s music place.
Signs of Darkness are a brutal example of melodic black metal that encompasses old school metal melodies and stabbing vocals that are a pure demonic delight to make their own brand of satanic prayers. Knowing just how to bring the atmosphere of their music to the forefront, the band succeeds where others fall flat on their faces and dies a beaten and tortured poser’s death.
I happen to like the whole thing, holding up such tracks as 'Suffer the Cold' and 'Sin' as prime examples of how black metal should be done. Only drawback to the album is the odd time the mix becomes murky at the apex of an album, a little more detail of separation could have had this album even better than what it is – but at it stands now, still one fucking hell of an album.
I can’t stress enough how good Signs of Darkness The Age of Decay is, you need to hear the album for yourself and I guarantee that most metallers will like it. My only other comment is that my next vacation just might be to Belgium to see some of these bands live and in person.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10