Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Coroner - Punishment for Decadence

Released in 1988, Punishment For Decadence found Coroner tightening their musical style, alternating their trademark volleys of speed with a slower, high-impact method of songwriting. The acoustic guitar and keyboard trimmings that graced R.I.P. were largely cast aside for this release, resulting in an album that is less atmospheric, but more focused in its concise delivery. Marky Marquis' lyrics are much improved on this effort, deftly touching on such subjects as broken relationships ("Absorbed"; "Shadow of a Lost Dream"), deceitful politicians ("Masked Jackal"), and addiction ("Skeleton on Your Shoulder"). "Arc-Lite" is an instrumental masterpiece, three minutes and twenty seconds of jaw-dropping musicianship that helped stake Coroner's claim as the most technically proficient band in all of metal. Punishment For Decadence not only dodged the sophomore jinx that befalls so many young metal bands, but for those intelligent enough to be listening, it raised the standard of quality for the entire underground metal scene.

01. Intro 00:13
02. Absorbed 03:42
03. Masked Jackal 04:48
04. Arc-Lite 03:20
05. Skeleton On Your Shoulder 05:34
06. Sudden Fall 04:50
07. Shadow Of A Lost Dream 04:32
08. The New Breed 04:53
09. Voyage To Eternity 03:42
10. Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix cover) 03:21

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