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Patterns of Decay: Patterns of Decay

Patterns of Decay are set to release their 2nd full length album on the 15th of April. The self-titled release is their 3rd overall and follows the Malicious Intent EP (2014) and the debut full-length Suicide Notes In Comic Sans (2018).

Since their inception Patterns of Decay have been a hard working band in the New York Tri-State area, playing shows along side the likes of All That Remains, Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Deicide, Misery Index, and Currents. The list of well-known bands that Patterns of Decay have played with is revealing-we have old school death metal, brutal/technical death metal, modern metal, and metal core acts. Listening through the latest Self-Titled album I hear a wide range of genre influence, as varied as the bands noted. Patterns of Decay play a truly multifarious brand of metal.

One of the aspects that makes the Pattern of Decay sound so variable across the release is the vocals. Christian Contello covers a lot of ground, at times switching and transitioning between cleans and growls like a metalcore vocalist and at others sticking with a more ‘brutal’ growling style. Despite having a wide reaching and variable approach, I feel like consistent aspect of the Patterns of Decay sound is strong riffage. This album is full of solid metal riffs, sometimes technical, sometimes groovy, sometimes thrashy, but always notable. The drumming on the album is also top notch, and the bassist even gets a track to demonstrate his wears, showing some impressive tapping skills on the track "Ru(m)ination".

In the press release the band speak about taking a little extra time to finish off the album due to the Pandemic; “having the luxury of time to be able to write songs that had lasting impressions on each of us was a thin silver lining to a pretty dismal global situation.” I can hear the time and effort spent in the release- the ideas are well developed, and the overall offering is quality. It must be said that I found myself getting some listening fatigue towards the back end of the 12 track release (admittedly after repeat listens), but that is likely to say more about my personal preferences in heavy music than being a slight on the album in terms of skill and execution.

All in all, found this to be an enjoyable metal album, just don’t ask me to try and pin it down to a specific subgenre!


Tracklist

  1. Chrysalis
  2. Insomnious
  3. Nobody’s Human
  4. House of Doors
  5. Seven Seconds
  6. Anhedonia
  7. Ru(m)ination
  8. Of Famine and Plague
  9. Wormtongue
  10. Ocean Black
  11. Regurgitate
  12. Thrall

Added: April 2nd 2022
Reviewer: Brandon Miles
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 618
Language: english

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