Portugal's Decayed have returned with a new recording which continues the raw and old school form of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2021 album "Old Ghosts And Primeval Demons" which will be released in June by Lusitanian Music.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the album along with a brief use of nature sounds, clean playing and synths while the spoken word parts also gives the music more of a ritualistic feeling before going into a heavier direction. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams as well as all of the musical instruments on the recording also having a very powerful sound to them.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard while the songs are also very heavily rooted in the 90's era. When guitar solos and leads are utilized they also remain very true to an old school direction along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Elements of the first wave style can also be heard at times along with the synths also making a return on some of the later tracks and also mixing in with the heavier sections of the songs as well as one track also adding in a brief use of female vocals. horror movie samples are also utilized briefly and they also bring in a cove r of Venom's "Manitou". The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover Satanism, Occultism, Mythology, Darkness and Death themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Decayed and if you are a fan of raw and old school black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Rise OF The undead" "Nocturnal Creatures" "Old Ghosts And Primeval Demons" and "Spell Of the Gorgons". 8 out of 10.