Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Review: Rotting Away - Rise From Decay

Rotting Away is a father/daughter death metal duo from Mexico who formed in April of 2012. The pair released their one-track debut demo, Walking Dead: Infestation, only one month after having been brought to life. Despite having widely received a positive response, the material was passed off as Gutwrench worship due to having a very similar sound; this would be attributed to the fact that guitarist/bassist/drummer Uriel Aguillon is the guitarist/growl vocalist for Gutwrench. The dyad later refined their sound, which is featured on the latest demo, Rise from Decay. Do Rotting Away have what it takes to break away from their association with Gutwrench?

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: October 31st, 2012
  1. Within Thy Curse
  2. Beholding the Horror
  3. The Soul-Absorbing Void
  4. Rise from Decay
Total Playtime: 19 minutes, 31 seconds






Rating: 5.5/10




Rotting Away is a father/daughter death metal duo from Mexico who formed in April of 2012. The pair released their one-track debut demo, Walking Dead: Infestation, only one month after having been brought to life. Despite having widely received a positive response, the material was passed off as Gutwrench worship due to having a very similar sound; this would be attributed to the fact that guitarist/bassist/drummer Uriel Aguillon is the guitarist/growl vocalist for Gutwrench. The dyad later refined their sound, which is featured on the latest demo, Rise from Decay. Do Rotting Away have what it takes to break away from their association with Gutwrench?

Rise from Decay is a demo that falls under the category of old-school horror death metal revival, in that the atmosphere is slathered with a thick muffle and the growling vocals take on a reverb effect from time to time. When comparing this content to that of Gutwrench, it's still slightly easy to hear how the two may be compared to one another; the tracks are still voluminously weighted with fuzzy distortion, but the guitars are tuned a step or two higher and the drum kit is lighter. The song structures also are not as slow and doomish as what is found in many Gutwrench tracks, instead they're upbeat and offer a fast tempo.


As mentioned prior, the instrument work is done entirely by the father, Uriel Aguillion, leaving his daughter Iris to be the vocalist. The musical compositions are from the common variety of what is heard in most old-school death metal revival albums; you have your basic riffs with standard one-two drum beats that fill the background. Occasionally, a semi-clean solo is laid over the aforementioned elements that helps the material to pull away from the monotonous distortion, and "Beholding the Horror" offers up a tasty bass solo at the beginning. The growl vocals contributed by Iris need some refining, as they do not have enough power or emphasis behind them to make any sort of lasting impact on the audience. Her voice gives way during deeper sections or whenever she attempts to elongate a growl; some vocal strengthening could help with these issues.

Rise from Decay is in many ways an average, run-of-the-mill horror death metal demo, one of many that have been popping up in bigger spurts since 2010. There's not a whole lot of content to begin with, as the demo clocks in at just under twenty minutes, but what is present is neither original or profoundly interesting. A couple of noteworthy tracks are "Beholding the Horror" and "The Soul-Absorbing Void", both having some catchy composures worth hearing. Neither amazing nor horrible, Rise from Decay would be recommended to hardcore horror death metal fanatics who can never get enough of the genre, otherwise you may want to let this one slip you by.

Digital Download Provided by: Zineaholic PR

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