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Insidious Decrepancy
Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering
September 2005
Released: 2003, Unmatched Brutality Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Gabriel C. Zolman

The band name, ridiculous song titles, etc. tipped me off: there would be pain involved here. But would it be good pain or bad pain? Fans of MST3K are familiar with the concept of “deep hurting,” no doubt. And no doubt, there was “deep hurting” at points. But all in all, this could have been much worse.

The problem here is that there is nothing terribly special about it. It was not sufficiently bad to wound me, nor sufficiently good to impress me. I spun through it twice, and there weren’t really any standouts. It’s not that I don’t favor the style at all; obviously, previous reviews bear witness to this. But I literally have nothing to say about this disc aside from its lack of uniqueness, and my lack of time to commit to finding anything else of merit about it. Perhaps that’s too much honesty?

This isn’t bad; it reminds me of a young Immolation, with its dark, technical early 90’s-inspired riffage (they even cover “Dawn Of Possession”). In this sense, the problem is with me—I believe that Immolation’s best days are in the here in now…not the HERE IN AFTER.

If you like Blood Red Throne, and Immolation, circa the first three albums, give this a spin—it’s brutal, and it’s technical. The production is fine, and the drum programming is excellent. But like the new Origin, it’s utterly and completely faceless. It’s Satan’s Irony: The face of evil looks just like every man; the killer wears the most normal of faces. And his garage band sounds just like everyone else.



EDIT: I was initially unaware that this was a one-man project. Given that data, this suddenly seems far more interesting...perhaps even worthy of reevaluation. Plus one point. It also looks as if another album is in the works; perhaps next time, then, eh?
Track Listing

1. Maniacal Contempt Spawned From Agonizing Depravity

2. Enraptured By Sickening Visions Of Perverse Debauchery

3. Rancid Cesspool Of Unimaginable Splendor By Ritualistic Butchery

4. Decadent Orgy Of Atrocious Suffering

5. Dawn of Possession (Immolation cover)

6. Horrendous Lust For Psychopathic Purity Through Self Immolation

7. Forsaken Defamation And Irreverence

8. Insatiably Craving Abhorrent Denouncement From The Continues Of Flesh

9. Deplorable Stench Reeking Of Treacherous Deceit

Lineup

Shawn Whitaker - Vocals, Guitars, Studio Bass and Drum programming

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Insidious Decrepancy
Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering
October 2005
Released: 2005, Unmatched Brutality
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Madman

A one man death metal project? One knows it can work extremely well in black metal but as of yet I haven’t seen it work in death metal. Insidious Decrepancy prove me wrong or right depending on how you view it. Insidious Decrepancy is the project of one Shawn Whitaker. This debut album, DECADENT ORGY OF ATROCIOUS SUFFERING was originally released by TXDM Underground in 2002 but since that label went under Unmatched Brutality picked up the slack and re-released the album with new (and more blasphemous) artwork.



Insidious Decrepancy’s brand of death metal is dark, at least darker than most. Which is commendable seeing as most death metal just doesn’t carry enough of a sinister vibe anymore. I was actually a bit surprised to find out that this was a one man band as it doesn’t feel as messy as most do and the programmed drums don’t sound out of place, this might be due to the rampant, and blatant, amount of triggering going on in modern death metal drumming. The one unfortunate thing is that Shawn Whitaker hasn’t fully grown into a good songwriter, at least, not yet. The songs aren’t very memorable or outstanding and that’s best exemplified in the fact that the cover of Immolation’s “Dawn of Possession” is the only song I remember when the album is done.



With all this said, DECADENT ORGY OF ATROCIOUS SUFFERING isn’t a bad album. It’s merely stunted by a lack of exciting songwriting, not bad songwriting, but the songs don’t have anything that really stands out about them. Not in the structures, the riffs, or the vocals which is why the Immolation cover stands out so much. Immolation, even in the early days, could write a song that made you take notice while Shawn Whitaker currently writes songs that are decent background music for your day but aren’t quite worth giving your full attention.



Insidious Decrepancy barely passes, but there is a lot of room for growth and I am interested in seeing what Shawn can come up with now after 3 years.
Track Listing

1. Maniacal Contempt Spawned From Agonizing Depravity
2. Enraptured By Sickening Visions Of Perverse Debauchery
3. Rancid Cesspool Of Unimaginable Splendor By Ritualistic Butchery
4. Decadent Orgy Of Atrocious Suffering
5. Dawn of Possession (Immolation cover)
6. Horrendous Lust For Psychopathic Purity Through Self Immolation
7. Forsaken Defamation And Irreverence
8. Insatiably Craving Abhorrent Denouncement From The Continues Of Flesh
9. Deplorable Stench Reeking Of Treacherous Deceit

Lineup

Shawn Whitaker - Vocals, Guitars, Studio Bass and Drum programming

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