Decadence And Decay
Review by Adam M on May 29, 2021.
This is an album that nicely combines traditional and power metal styles for maximum effect, with an emphasis on the former. The outcome is not dissimilar to Witherfall and it is nice to have another album of that style early in the year. Very classical sounding guitar playing is combined with Warrel Dane-style vocals.
This really is another great entry to the traditional metal genre that invigorates it. The musicianship is top notch and steals the show. Very dynamic guitar playing is combined with interesting vocals in a fashion that brightens up the listening experience. There is very little to fault with the release as it does everything so well. This really is a consistent collection of songs that rarely falters. The flaw here lies in the similarity to past material and the inability to push forward. Still, there is so much positive on display that one can overlook this flaw. The style also likens to Nevermore, not only in the vocals, but also the style of performance. There is definitely a dark edge to the music, similar to Nevermore. There are many standout tracks, but when the band utilizes acoustics, like on “What Will Be”, they are most successful. In the future, I would like to see the outfit incorporate more progressive elements into their music.
Regardless, this is a great start for Silver Talon and show that they have a very promising future indeed. I would like to see more experimentation, but there are several moments that have emotional depth that make up for that here. Fans of Witherfall and Nevermore will certainly find a lot to like. Knowing that those bands have a good following is promising for this act. Decadence and Decay is recommended to traditional metal fans everywhere as they will become addicted to this excellent display of metal might.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10263