Decameron by Throne of HeresyRelease date: November 3, 2017
Label: The Sign Records
Throne of Heresy may be a new band to most, but fans of melodic death metal should check out their concept album, Decameron, produced by acclaimed studio guru Magnus “Devo” Anderson of Marduk fame.
Decameron calls to mind plenty of stories about the Bubonic Plague, the so-called Black Death, easily one of the most horrifying pandemics in the history of civilization. The band has a unique vision for metal fitting the concept of the Black death. With beautiful, sweeping melodies and a penchant for lush arrangements without necessarily going outside the band concept by utilizing orchestral music, they instead employ orchestral arrangements and occasional samples that easily augment the main pieces.
Throne of Heresy’s Decameron is a good effort, occasionally using heavier segments interspersed within melodic sections. Devo does wonders with the band’s performances here, as Throne of Heresy easily tells stories in the form of music that recalls the vivid historical references the band utilizes. It will surprise fans of mainstream music with quality that is not presently popular in underground music. This music is easily marketable and listener friendly. It may even woo casual fans of melodic death metal that don’t subscribe to trends. The chants and vocal arrangements are particularly impressive, and fans of hyped up metal bands like Slipknot will easily think they’ve been transported back in time to hear metal that is heavily inspired by classical arrangements and symphonic instrumentation.
Throne of Heresy has plenty of golden moments inspired by a round of good ideas. For a good time listening to this, check out images of corpses left behind on the most feral streets of London and Paris during the reign of the disease. There were many deaths, and many were driven by fear from the homes they shared with dead loved ones they could not dispose of out of sheer grief. Throne of Heresy uses classical-inspired metal that invokes atmosphere, but they do enchant listeners with simple arrangements that only seek to woo fans of good music. This album comes with no hype, so you won’t read about them in Hit Parader. They don’t play to sold-out stadiums across the continent. If you like melodic, symphonic death metal, this album will not disappoint. Treasure trove hunters tend to seek out records that few of their friends would hasten to recommend due to hype, and Throne of Heresy fits the profile. Decameron is good, haunting like Giovanni Boccacio’s rendering of the many tales that tell of the Black Death and the many lives lost, so see what you can do about getting into music that real music aficionados wouldn’t mind listening to.
Not into kvlt fixations in underground metal? Not fond of mainstream pop metal either? Try Throne of Heresy’s quality effort rife with originality and musicianship, the sort that history lovers will appreciate. Decameron suits the intelligent metal fan. For a change of pace, consider a retrospective on one of mankind’s darkest periods, and an album that attempts to tell the stories in the form of music fitting that darkness.