Coming back in full devilish resurgence is Anal Blasphemy, and with him he brings a fourth album titled Western Decadence. Western Decadence shows off eight blasphemous songs that do their best to turn your very soul into ashes and steal your innocence. Through these eight tracks you get a fair helping of black metal of course, and at certain times you get industrial and electronic elements to add to the wholly sinister sound. This release compared to others that Anal Blasphemy has released has a more refined and controlled sound, and instead of pouring blistering chaos on you all the time, this release brings forth a more moody and hypnotic touch. With that being said though, Western Decadence is still dripping with blackened sludge and creates soundscapes that are skin melting and soul burning.
Much to my surprise, Western Decadence begins with the line, “I find your lack of faith disturbing” from Star Wars and it takes off from there. Within this release there are a lot of samples that lead into songs but those samples last a very short time before Anal Blasphemy gets into the meat of the song. As mentioned above, Western Decadence provides you with a more brooding sound than before. Instead of getting entirely decimated right off the bat, the decimation is a little slower and the torture of your very being is prolonged.
That isn’t to say that the songs presented on this release don’t burst at the seams with hell fire and utter blasphemy, it just is approached in a different way this time around. There is a lot of variation on this record which makes it all the more dynamic. You never really know what sound you will be getting next when listening. You will always get the same molten darkness soaked sound from one song to the next, but you don’t know if it will be a blistering passage or a plunge into the moodier side of the release.
Western Decadence is soaked in evil and cursed by Satan himself. This eight track release is filled with hell fire and the capacity to burn you and your soul until you are mere ashes. A record that is filled and soaked with such demonic presence such as this casts you down to hell and if at the time it figures out that you do not in fact praise Satan, you will be tortured for eternity. Even though some of the raw edge is taken off, Western Decadence is still incredibly damning and crawling with demons, ghouls and other disgusting creatures.
Just about all but two songs hit you with razor sharp riffs, hellish bass lines, tumultuous drums and demonic straight from the depths vocals. Through most of the songs, Anal Blasphemy adds in electronic elements and synths to help create damning, haunting and melancholic soundscapes. With everything combined seamlessly and effortlessly, Western Decadence is an album to behold. It is packed with everything so much so that it seems to be bursting at the seams with sordid life.
This release does just about everything as well. It provides you with ripping headbanging anthems, melancholic dirges, soundscapes that are riddled with brimstone and hell fire and so much more. Western Decadence is a highly memorable record that is utterly intoxicating and gets you drunk on evil and has you praising Satan before the long night breaks into dawn.
Western Decadence will be out July 1, 2016 through Iron Bonehead Productions.