Coroner - Punishment For Decadence review
|Album:||Punishment For Decadence|
03. Masked Jackal
05. Skeleton On Your Shoulder
06. Sudden Fall
07. Shadow Of A Lost Dream
08. The New Breed
09. Voyage To Eternity
10. Purple Haze [Jimi Hendrix cover]
Switzerland's thrash triplet Coroner are underappreciated, and their 1988 release Punishment for Decadence is no exception. An album composed in the classic 80's thrash style, Punishment for Decadence has all the makings of a great album. Every element of this album screams good old thrash. T. T. Baron's blistering solos and technical acrobatics are more than memorable on each and every track, in addition to standouts like the neck snapping speed of "Arc Light." Marquis Mark's drumming is powerful and tight, laying a solid backdrop for Royce's strong, if slightly under amplified, vocals. The sophomore effort saw a move from the blood and guts of R.I.P. to more political and personal lyrical content. The transition suits the band well, Royce literally spits venom with almost tangible aggression on tracks "Masked Jackal" and "Sudden Fall." To cap it all off, an over the top cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" ends things on a high (no pun intended) note.
On the production side, the album sounds just like you would expect and album recorded in the 80's to sound. Rough, raw, and unpolished are accurate descriptions, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It fits the whole 80's thrash vibe, but if you haven't realized times have changed. While the old school production sounds good in context, Royce's vocals could be a bit louder, and like other old thrash, the bass is nigh inaudible. All in all it would be unfair to judge Punishment for Decadence as just a "good old days" album as it still listens like a solid record today. In closing, listen to Coroner, if not for their historical significance as being in the lineage of the mighty Thomas Gabriel Fischer, than at least because it's good technical thrash that will leave you with a smile on your face wishing it was still 1988.
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