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Coroner - Punishment For Decadence



8.6 | 301 votes |
Release date: 1988
Style: Technical thrash metal

Owners:

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38 want it


01. Intro
02. Absorbed
03. Masked Jackal
04. Arc-Lite
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]

Top 20 albums of 1988: 16

Additional info
Punishment for Decadence was re-released with out the bands consent in 1993, in collaboration with Rough Trade (Germany) Records.

Guest review by
Chainer
Rating:
7.8
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.

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published 21.10.2010 | Comments (10)

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28.01.2012 - 19:45
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid

An album that showed off Tommy Vertelli's abilities as a guitarist, and most of his riffs on the album show him as a team leader of the band. Though it may have been the production's fault however, the vocals are pretty low in the mix, so that the guitar, drums and bass seem to take the lead. But nonetheless, this is a fantastic album by any means, perhaps overshadowed by its three succeeding album.
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17.04.2012 - 23:34
Rating: 8
Mdevil93

I think i first got into this band after i saw a video with Chuck Schuldiner wearing a shirt of this album. I listened to a few songs for a couple of weeks liking what i heard. It wasn't till later that I started to realize what an impressive out cry of thrash this band could produce. I'm glad i own this album and id love to own more if they weren't so expensive.
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18.06.2012 - 03:52
Rating: 9
MyNameJeff

This band is so over the top! I love it, love it, love it.
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22.07.2012 - 18:30
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Written by musicalkaratekid on 28.01.2012 at 19:45

An album that showed off Tommy Vertelli's abilities as a guitarist, and most of his riffs on the album show him as a team leader of the band. Though it may have been the production's fault however, the vocals are pretty low in the mix, so that the guitar, drums and bass seem to take the lead. But nonetheless, this is a fantastic album by any means, perhaps overshadowed by its three succeeding album.

I like the low mixed vocals. It reminds me a lot of what Emperor did with their first album: Adds a nice grim effect to it.
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16.08.2016 - 19:05
Rating: 8
X-Ray Rod
Skandino
I'd give it a 7,5 if I could as I'd be more appropiate to how I feel about the album. I definitely noticed the "grim" production due to the vocals being lower in the mix, nice touch. The guitar work is great but I can feel it was *starting* to get good while in No More Colors it the work was completed in my opinion. Still, great album which I'm lucky to have found in vinyl in good condition.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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22.01.2020 - 21:07
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Tage Westerlund
Another classic in genre, masked jackal is an classic song, IMO that was what brought me into this band, in old days of YouTube in its dipers , or maybe no, somewhere I heard that song in my early 20's in internet diper days. Good solid record but best song is an cover song, a bit different but same as original thats why its so good
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25.03.2020 - 18:48
Rating: 10
Metal Rambo

Brilliant, brilliant album with terrible production. I'd say this is the second best album they did after No More Colour. The stellar guitarwork of Tommy Vetterli is truly one of a kind here, in the best way possible. The dude can frigging shred, but he also has his own unique personality and elegant style very few guitarists in the world can even dream of duplicating.
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25.03.2020 - 22:54
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Metal Rambo on 25.03.2020 at 18:48

Brilliant, brilliant album with terrible production. I'd say this is the second best album they did after No More Colour. The stellar guitarwork of Tommy Vetterli is truly one of a kind here, in the best way possible. The dude can frigging shred, but he also has his own unique personality and elegant style very few guitarists in the world can even dream of duplicating.


I agree, it is their second best album after No more colour. I really like this album. Production is bad but not a big issue for me here.
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21.06.2020 - 07:25
Rating: 10
sgtrobo

Incredible album, I like it almost as much as No More Color, but still worthy of a top rating. I'm a big fan of technical thrash, and these guys deliver
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19.01.2022 - 11:45
Rating: 9
nonZero

Their best album IMO (excluding the Hendrix cover). No More Color comes close, but this is slightly better.

9.1/10 for me - "Masked Jackal", "Skeleton On Your Shoulder", and "Sudden Fall" are the standout tracks. "Arc-Lite", "Shadow Of A Lost Dream", and "The New Breed" are all also fantastic.
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