Cerebral Rot – Odious Descent into Decay (Review)

Cerebral Rot - Odious Descent into DecayCerebral Rot are a death metal band from the US and this is their debut album.

Odious Descent into Decay contains 45 minutes of disgusting old-school death metal. Reeking of some long-forgotten swampy Hellhole that last saw the touch of light in the early 90s, this album sounds like it has been festering and rotting in the darkness for decades.

Focusing on fetid hooks and classic mouldy songs, Odious Descent into Decay is catchy and memorable, despite being covered in the kind of gore and filth you’d not normally want to go anywhere near. Foul melodies appear occasionally in the form of macabre leads, complementing the band’s already skilled creation of grim atmosphere. Cerebral Rot have a knack for writing and arranging riffs, and the songs on this album are very satisfying examples of old-school death metal done very right.

This atmospheric aspect of their sound helps to bring Cerebral Rot’s music up to the next level. Not content with merely producing brutal music, Cerebral Rot provide the listener with a gripping feast of doom-infused brutality and atmosphere across this release. Never straying too far into either territory for too long, the album is a well-judged holistic package, marrying an instant-appeal direct assault with a longer lasting depth of delivery that should see this band have a potentially wider appeal.

Odious Descent into Decay is an impressive and enjoyable debut album. Fans of old-school death metal will find a lot to sink their fangs into here, and I heartily recommend you give this album a listen.

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