Crappola, it’s been 7 long years since the last Decrepit Birth album was released and I thought they were gonna pack it in. The band has stayed intact, but did add new bassist, Sean Martinez, who does a demonstrative job on Axis Mundi. This is my pick for the tech-death metal album of the year and there have been quite some impressive releases in this category this year. But for crissakes, this is the best Decrepit Birth album, even topping their debut, …and Time Begins. Spirit Guide is one of the greatest songs the band has ever written. Monstrous blast beat, guttural vocals and outstanding bass guitar playing. The technical precision and guitar sweeps are so mind-blowing. Especially the last 2 minutes of this track. So lethal and vicious. The Sacred Geometry at the 17 second mark has an awesome drum pattern with the brutal guitars and then it’s off to the races with the blasting. The bass playing is so fast and audible-true fretboard gymnastics with the bass and guitar playing. The 2 minute moment double bass and quick double bass afterwards will roll right over your pathetic body and leave you and your town in a pile of rubble. The guitar solos at the 2.45 mark are ethereal, at first, before going into space, swirling around Jupiter for a bit, coming back to Earth and erupting with the beginning part of the song, I first spoke about.
Epigenetic Triplicity opens with a little homage to Rings of Saturn, before erupting into a Decrepit Birth bombastic blast that will level the solar system with planets and moons causing disturbances around the galaxy. I love it. The 1.22 brutal blasting, gets into some killer Rings of Saturn like solo before going into a blast and the 1.50 mid-paced part is so monstrous. The 2.05 mark has a groove that will cause sinkholes to devour cities, in mere seconds. This part is so freaking ass-kicking. Incredible. This version is the one you want to buy. The limited edition digipack is beautifully designed and contains 3 cover songs. The cover of Metallica’s Orion is the most spot on cover I have ever heard. It felt like I was hearing Metallica. Extraordinary. The Sepultura cover of Desperate Cry is outstanding and I am unsure if that is Bill Robinson singing or they got a friend to do the vocals. Regardless the accuracy of replicating Max Cavalera’s vocal style is quite scary and I thought it was Max at first. One of Decrepit Birth’s earliest influences was Suffocation so Decrepit Birth’s earth-shattering rendition of Infecting the Crypts is the perfect album closer. It’s incredible and captures the essence of the one of the greatest brutal death metal songs ever written.
Axis Mundi is perfectly produced and sounds terrific. Axis Mundi hit me like Obscura’s Cosmogenesis did years ago. This is that great. Just when we have all these other bands like Gorodreinventing the tech-death genre Decrepit Birth drops Axis Mundi on the universe. One of the best tech death metal albums I have ever heard, one of the best releases for 2017 and brilliant from beginning to end!
Score: 9.5 out of 10
1. Vortex of Infinity – Axis Mundi
2. Spirit Guide
3. The Sacred Geometry
5. Transcendental Paradox
6. Mirror of Humanity
8. Epigenetic Triplicity
10. Orion (Metallica cover)
11. Desperate Cry (Sepultura cover)
12. Infecting the Crypts (Suffocation cover)
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: July 21, 2017
For Fans of: Technical Brutal Death Metal played with precision