Rise From Decay (Demo)
Released: 2012, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
While reading the bio for Mexico’s Rotting Away, I was immediately struck with the thought “this is like a Mexican death metal version of Hannah Montana!” Allow me to provide some context…
Iris Aguillon is a 14-year old young lady who wanted to start a death metal band, but couldn’t find any willing participants in her age group. Her father, Uriel, has been churning around in the underground scene for years (most recently in Gutwrench), so she asked her dear old dad to write some music and start a band with her, and thus, Rotting Away was born. The single track demo WALKING INFESTATION was released in May to positive reviews but drew comparisons to Gutwrench. So the duo went back to the well of classic death metal inspiration for their follow up demo, RISE FROM DECAY, and holy crap kids - this is one delightfully ugly collection of tunes.
RISE FROM DECAY ain’t for the faint of heart. This is strictly for fans of ooooold school Autopsy, Incantation, Necrophagia, Profanatica, and the like. It’s low-fi, it’s guttural, it’s primal, but it’s also really, really good if you like any of those bands. Which I absolutely do - guilty as charged. The four tracks straddle the line between mid-tempo dirges (“Within thy Curse”, “The Soul-Absorbing Void”) to amped up grinders (“Beholding the Horror”, “Rise from Decay”), but it’s all delivered with a level of consistency and commitment that wears its love for the genre proudly and prominently. The riffs are crusty, the vocals are dingy and indecipherable, and the drums are almost certainly mechanical in nature, but the whole thing comes across as just so honest and pure that it begs for repeated listens. And yes, it sounds a little rough around the edges, but it is a demo and is promoted clearly as such. But here’s the rub – had RISE FROM DECAY been released in 1991, I absolutely could see this finding a home “as is “ on Peaceville/Deaf records, or any number of indie distributors from back in the day (JL America anyone?).
Though the tunes speak for themselves, there’s something endearing about the daddy/daughter death metal collaboration that spawned Rotting Away. I can’t tell you how much it would warm my cold, black heart if one my own spawn were to exhibit an appreciation for this extremity of death metal instead of the top 40 schlock that pollutes their ears – much less if they were to ask me to write some tunes for them in that vein. But in all seriousness, if you’ve got any kind of affinity for the bands mentioned above, Rotting Away is a name worth getting familiar with. Check out their website for more info.