DESCENT is a death metal quintet out of Brisbane Australia, and they are set to release their second album, titled Order Of Chaos, on January 14, 2022, with Brilliant Emperor Records, Redefining Darkness, and Caligari records. The album consists of eight tracks that offer an evolution of the band’s previous 2018 release, Towers Of Grandiosity. The band features members of Snorlax, Resin Tomb, Feculent, and Siberian Hell Sounds.
Temptest opens with a short intro, then an immediate pounding to the eardrums of blast beats and malicious riffing, followed by a chunky groove-driven verse passage. I knew straight up this was going to be a release I was going to enjoy. Anthony Oliver’s vocals are brutally raw, savage growls throughout that compliment the music nicely. There are some awesome interludes and breakdowns on the album as well, which I always love. The outro of the final track Fester was one that stood out to me. The songs have some elements of OSDM, grind and blackened death, that off the top of my head, remind me of bands like Bloodbath, Revocation, and maybe Illdisposed. For me, the production is great and can’t be faulted, not to mention the album artwork, very nice!
I really enjoyed checking out this album, and I think fans of DESCENT, and any death metal fan will really enjoy this release. The standout track for me I think would have to be Temptest. I loved the overall transitions of blast beats, groovier verses, melodic tremolo-picking sections, and the chunky interlude/outro.
Release Year: 2022
Label: Brilliant Emperor Records
Reviewed by Chris Long