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Badder Than Brooklyn
December 2017
Released: 2017, Indie
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Canadian Carnage! Because I am a true patriot, once or twice a year I like to do a quick spotlight and some short reviews on newer, independent, underground Canadian Metal bands. That time is now! Thanks to all of the bands who sent me material for my spotlight. In the spirit of the PMRC, I have chosen a ‘Filthy Fifteen’ (+1!) as some (but not all!) of the bright lights, innovators and leaders of Canadian Metal. Most of them are independent bands releasing their debut album or EP in 2017. Check these bands out, they are the future of Metal! They are (listed alphabetically)…

Abomb (Calgary)

Decatur (Toronto)

Emblem (St. John’s)

Evereal (Mission)

Hammerdrone (Calgary)

Heaven’s Fire (Toronto)

Hounskull (Mississauga)

Ice War (Ottawa)

Maglor (Calgary)

Monarch Woods (London)

Operus (Toronto)

Osyron (Calgary)

Solarus (London)

The Lightbringer (Quebec City)

To The Mountains (Lethbridge)

Votov (Winnipeg)

You shouldn’t judge a band by it’s cover…or art…or band name. Decatur from Toronto may have made it a bit harder on themselves in a competitive field. The band name is odd, the album art is poor and album title is just stupid. It sounds like some 80’s rap album. BADDER THAN BROOKLYN? No one talks like that. What does that even mean? Why is a band from Toronto talking about Brooklyn which is quite a nice borough of New York? I’ve had this CD for a while and relegated it lower in the pile just based on those factors alone. However, it is the music that matters most, when it comes to music, this trio is actually pretty killer!

A bit of research shows us that the band was formerly known as Caym, who were around for a decade and put out a couple of under-whelming modern Metal albums. Decatur new direction is a vast improvement from Caym. The trio delivers of nice compact 37 minute, 10-song album. They have a hit or miss blend of groove and thrash. When they are fast, they are pretty killer but it at times it gets bogged down in Panterta-esque breakdowns. The band could be compared to some parts of Testament for example. Overall, the album sounds immaculate, loud powerful, good production all around courtesy of Joe Duplantier of Gojira.

With a little reworking and/or refinement in the presentation department, shy away from the dated groove stuff, move towards more of the speedier thrash sound, DECATUR has some great potential.
Track Listing

1. Internal War
2. Into the Night
3. Vegas Girl
4. Worst Enemy
5. Badder than Brooklyn
6. Bottled Inside
7. Tear You
8. Abaddon
9. Shatterproof
10. Internal War Pt. 2


Jay Sarrazin Vocals, Guitar
Tiny Basstank Bass
Steve Mitchell Drums



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