Indian metal has always been a mixed bag for me, but Godless piqued my interest due to it being a “supergroup” of sorts, comprising members of Skrypt, Shock Therapy, and Eccentric Pendulum. While these aren’t huge bands, experienced musicians should produce a better-than-average album, right? Let’s see how the four-song debut EP Centuries of Decadence fares.
Opener Infest sets the tone. While the strings and vocals sit primarily in mid-tempo, there is some intense staccato drumming creating an atmosphere of impending destruction. You can hear a lot of the Swedish scene influencing the transitions and overall rhythm of the song. Ossuary pushes down on the accelerator, adding some much-desired speed. Psycroptic’s Joe Haley shows up for a guitar solo, taking the song into thrash territory, and it’s a definite neck-snapper.
Speaking of the Swedish scene, the final two tracks, Replicant and Oneiros, create some strong Aeon vibes, teasing a bit with Entombed’s pre-death n’ roll albums.
Centuries of Decadence also hits that sweet spot in terms of song length. All of the songs run between four and five minutes, which gives Godless enough time to do something interesting, but remain short enough to prevent any listener fatigue.
As far as criticisms go, it’s mostly nitpicking. While well-constructed, an experienced listener can pick out the band members’ influences, so there is some derivation in the songwriting. Additionally, I would have liked the drums to be higher in the mix, as the snare work especially gets drowned out during the guitar-heavy bits. Neither of these ruin the album, but they are noticeable.
Godless have produced an excellent debut. All four tracks meld the old-school and modern influences in a way that keeps all the songs both intense and interesting. I’m curious to see what the quintet can do with a full album, but until then, give Centuries of Decadence a listen.
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Special thanks to Transcending Obscurity PR for the complementary review copy.