Throne of Decadence

'As Fullmoon Rise'

(Self released)

MARK: 79/100


Eradicating and epic are the fittest terms to describe the Romans' debut; the former is referred to their music and the latter is connected to their elaborated logo standing out on an eagle/phoenix and to their lyrics.

The first of the 6 tracks, "Condemned to Life", is opened by an intro with wolves' howls (which are by the way my second favourite animals after bears); it's raw Black with symphonic splits, followed by a break with an arpeggio and a guitar solo, to fully later take back the main attacking riff. The kick drums own a granitical sound, although you'll agree with me that the snare drums sound noisy but also a little artificial occasionally.
"Disharmonically Walking in Time" is mainly slow-paced; an excellently original and effective song; the screams and the resting vocals are robotic, the fast riff reminds me of some Swedish sounds, but on the whole the track results in being truely evil and suggestive. Usually I find faded endings banal, but in this case it's really necessary and well-chosen. One of the highest moments of the record. Soon after comes "Thy Abyss through the Stars", a black composition with a power riff in the middle and a lot of Norwegian black metal ones too.
I bow in front of a super song like "Sleepless Night"; many wished they'd been capable to compose such a masterpiece, I bet on that! This one should be used for all Black metal apprentices as a pattern of how to write a dynamic and powerful song: there's Black, another power riff and massive thrash metal ones galore! There's even place for a few Death metal vocals and a quite skillful guitar solo twined by the drummer making remarkable stuff in the background. Absolutely the top of the CD!
Gaining ground like a tank, "Oblivion" includes another central arpeggio, while martial drumwork and hopeless lyrics in Italian and English complete the handiwork.
Over 6 minutes of harsh fast and majestic mid-paced Black metal riffing for "Enchanting Embrace", substained by triple bilingual vocals (among which a few good recitative ones) definitely convince me about Throne of Decadence's proposal, concluded by the same howlings heard in the beginning.

I've learned these 30 minutes were hard to record especially for singer-bassist Tyriel, nevertheless I can't but stress out that next time he must spend more time to render his vocal arrangements smoother and put better on the music bars before entering a studio. The other fault is the sound of the snare drums which, as mentioned previously, is a bit false on some occasions, on the other hand the good news are many: good songwriting, exposing a fairly defined personality, and a mature attitude reflected by their lyrics, perfectly matched with the artwork. If you dig wicked and evocative Black metal, then it's nice to spend a few Euros for this CD, currently limited to only 300 copies.