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Awakening from a 7-year slumber, the newest offering from techincal death metallers Decrepit Birth is entwined with musical athleticism and characteristic esoteric themes. Axis Mundi was recorded at 3 different studios over the course of a year. The clarity, the power, the musicianship, and the brutality aren't vying for attention. They're in absolute harmony. The guitars are razor sharp yet spine-snappingly heavy. The drums are genre-defining, recalling what Sean Reinert, Gene Hoglan, and Steve Flynn did for Death and Atheist, respectively. And the bass has a great deep-end against the ceaselessly wicked rhythms.
Tracks like "Hieroglyphic," "Spirit Guide" and "The Sacred Geometry" wouldn't crush skulls and blow minds if it wasn't for the accomplished mixing and mastering of Stefano Morabito at 16th Cellar Studios. The icing on the cake is the astonishing cover artwork that was made by renowned fantasy artist Dan Seagrave (Morbid Angel, Entombed, The Devil Wears Prada).
"We've gone through an evolution throughout the years" says founding member/primary songwriter Matt Sotelo. "The last couple of albums we had, Diminishing Between Worlds and Polarity, were more progressive death metal. They were different from ...And Time Begins, which is a different genre of death metal. It's more brutal...The other albums breathed more with the guitars...Axis Mundi is combination of all the stuff I'm into...It's more melodic. The riffs repeat intentionally. I want to have fun with these songs".