Patterns of Decay, a five-piece heavy metal band from New York City, released their self-titled second studio album. Their new project continues to showcase the thrash and violent metal they were founded on.
The group was first formed in 2014. Additionally, in 2014 Patterns of Decay released their debut EP Malevolence. Four years later, the band would release their first studio project, Suicide Notes in Comic Sans.
The band features Christian Contello on vocals, who throughout the album showcases his impressive death metal scream. Additionally, Dan Gold is on guitar and Matthew Stirrat on guitar and vocals. Finally, Antonio Romano provides drums for the group and Jesse Herman plays bass guitar. Since 2014, the group has kept the same formation.
Notably, some of the best work on this project comes from the lead guitarist. Throughout the album, the tone of the guitar is rather brittle and harsh. However, the speed and precision with which it is played harmonizes each song in a thrash way. One of these songs, “Ru(m)ination”, goes so far as to present this excellence in its entirety.
These skills can also be found on “Of Famine and Plague”, which is easily the best song on this album. Excellent drums, hard strings and demonically shrill vocals make this track a totally essential moshpit.
However, this project still has many flaws. Most notably, for every good song on this album, there’s also an equally bad one. Sometimes the instrumentation is also hard like on “Reguirtate”, and sometimes there can be unpleasant dissonances like on “Ocean Black”. However, that shouldn’t deter any metal fan from listening, as there are definitely some hidden gems amidst the load.
Decomposition models is now available on streaming platforms. For more information about the group, visit patternsofdecay.com.
Key tracks: Of Famine and Pestilence, House of Doors