Decaptacon - For Those Who Died (2022)


With more and more Melodic Death Metal bands incorporating more modern elements and tons of keyboards to their sound, it is quite refreshing to listen to Decaptacon and their purely-guitar drive old-school Melodic Death Metal release “For Those Who Died”. For fans of old Gardenian, At The Gates, all the way to Centinex and Entombed, this is one crafty release that will bring back some nostalgic moments.

Opening with the sweeping “Buried Alive”, the band very quickly sets a high-octane mode with crafty riffs, superb drumming and dramatic melodic guitar leads. Showing this was not a fluke, “A New Lease of Life”, “Until We Drown”, and “Inner Captivity”keep things rolling with a hearty dose of harsh vocals mixed in some pretty epic headbanging moments and intricate guitar leads.

There is a certain ‘frozen in time’ vibe with tracks like “For Those Who Died” and “Descending Night”, particularly the last one and its melancholic passages. There is something magical about the crispy guitar tone paired with melodic interludes that makes old-school Melodic Death Metal so special to us, and Decaptacon has managed to perfectly capture this on their music.

Featuring a wide variety of engaging songs that oscillate between 5 and 6 minutes, “For Those Who Died” delivers some pretty memorable pieces like “False Prophecies” and the magical closer “Blackened Skies”. While some of the modern Melo-Death fans might find this release a bit antiquated, we love how retro and headbanging-inducing it is. If you like melody, speed and no fluffy shit, this release will surely be of interest.

Bands: Decaptacon Album: For Those Who Died

Label: Self-Released

Release: July 15th, 2022

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Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 90/100

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