Decrepit Birth-Axis Mundi

Hey there!  I’ve really missed all of your grimy little faces.  I’m back after a bit of an absence.  Things have just been a bit slow on the album release front and there just hasn’t been much to write about.  Luckily, we’ve had a few worthy albums come out the past week or so and I’m back to discuss.  Let’s dive into the metal goodness, shall we?

So, what we have here is another barn burning super technical death metal release.  Once again, I’m left with the feeling of being super impressed with the presentation and musicianship, but feeling a bit wanting in the overall impact this one left with me.  To put it another way:  you know when it’s a Friday night and you’ve had a few pops and you’re starting to feel a little loose.  You want something you can jam.  You want something that’ll make you pump your fist in the air.  You want something that is going to make you want to pull out all of your best air guitar moves.  You’re pulling out Van Halen I or Screaming for Vengeance.  I’m not so sure that you’re going to immediately think of Decrepit Birth.

This sounds like I’m slagging on our boys from Decrepit Birth.  That is not my intent at all.  This thing is an absolute blitzkrieg of frenetic riffs and just insanely complex drumming.  My main reaction during the first couple of listens is “How in the hell is it physically possible to create music like this?”  The technical ability of these guys seriously blows me away.  I would love to see the creative process that goes on when something like this album is gestating.  What drives one to make something this extreme and aggressive?  How is it possible to meld all of these riffs into something coherent?  I’m not sure, but I do enjoy it.  This isn’t going to be something that I put on everyday, but dammit, it really hits the spot when I’m in the mood for something completely intense.  As with many albums that have come out this year, my main hesitation in giving this one a higher grade is that I’m just not sure how much staying power this one will have a year or two down the road.  Am I going to have a moment where it hits me, “Damn, I really need to throw on Axis Mundi!” ?  I really don’t know.

3 flip flops out of 5

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