"...like a freshly castrated rottweiler chewing an angry wasp,
Length: 47:52 (min:secs)
It was back in 2001 when Decimate were last reviewed on the pages of iwillbeheard.co.uk and five years since they released the "In The Name Of A God" EP, but finally there's the much anticipated arrival of their debut album entitled "11 Rounds". The question is, did they miss the target by a mile or have they emptied each and every cylinder chamber straight between the eyes?
Opening with a tantalising dangle of serenity with the gentle intro of "The Beginning" they serenade before instantly melting your face clean off with the intensity and heaviness of "My Time". It takes your breath away, with contagious riffs and pummelling bass lines thundering away at your senses with no remorse or respite. And if you expected things to ease off after that, you're listening to the wrong band - "6 Months For A Life" grabs hold of the baton and continues to power forward for the album. This is no nonsense metalcore with down to earth hardcore attitude, combined with more modern metal riff-a-rama, blended with a certain maturity and confidence that loads you with pride.
"Still Hope For Me" rapes another eardrum and along with "Forever Alone" and "2 Steps" major more on the clean rapcore style which works well combined with those heavy intense twin guitars spitting out such an aggressive posture and the shouty choruses. "Life Fades Away" steps the pace down briefly for 30 seconds of calm with another sweet intro and micro build-up before breaking down into a mosh-fest. If there is a more mellow moment then maybe "Can't Stop Now" probably comes closest, in the way that 'a headbutt is really only an over enthusiastic kiss'.
It is great to hear all the extra detail instilled within the songs, the screeches, the lead runs, the twiddles and the odd offbeat staccato moments that just punctuate the album with events that keep your attention. Like a freshly castrated rottweiler chewing an angry wasp, this band spit out an enraged message of experience while gnashing their teeth with menace and growling that they will not be ignored! This album demonstrates their true capability that their potential has promised for so long. They maintain an intensity and hardness that rarely lets up but while always having something in almost every song that maintains your interest and often tops it all with an irresistibly contagious chugging hook.
So, did they fire all eleven shots or only ten and can you risk survival without this album? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is Decimate, the most brutal metalcore band in the Midlands of England, and they will simply blow your head clean off with a single track, you've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk? You had better, as all 11 Rounds are delivered on target!
(14th August, 2006)