DISPLAY OF DECAY – Outbreak Of Infection (CD)
Despite having a very unmemorable band name, Display of Decay play old school death metal like it was 1991, and this is good, at least they can play their instruments and beat the shit out of the listener with their pounding rhythms and agonizing deep growls. “Outbreak Of Infection” is a diverse record, while still keeping it heavy, simple, groove loaded, with an unholy pissed off attitude to make you cringe with fear.
Having influences from the likes of Deicide, Morbid Angel, Immolation and Cannibal Corpse, the five songs on here (with the exception of the 5th being a Kiss cover Black Diamond), I noticed plenty of Jungle Rot, Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under influences within their vocals, guitars and drumming. These are all strong and well known influences, and it is one of the many reasons these guys sound as good as they do, especially almost with a sound all their own. The sound and style aspect is something I’d like to see Display Of Decay refine a little bit more and call it their own – they’re very close.
The 2nd track, “Manchurian Candidate” races by you, while pounding your helpless corpse into the ground with its jackhammer-like guitar rhythms, and bestial vocals scary enough to make the devil crawl back into his hellhole.
I like the rockish and death metal aspects of Kiss’ “Black Diamond” but was not pleased with the leads and arpeggios played over the semi-distorted strumming as it was completely out of tune, so it just did not sound right. This is why playing covers is a tricky proposition, as the correct tuning needs to be there.
Despite the minor glitches, Display Of Decay don’t fuck around on “Outbreak of Infection” as they’re all business and ready to kick your ass as hard as possible. Sarjoo Devani