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Tension – ‘Decay’

Publisher
Dying Victims Productions
FFO
Iron Maiden, Wolf, Satan, Traveler, Angel Witch
Release Date
28/01/2022
Publisher
Dying Victims Productions
Genre
Heavy Metal

Trad metal is, as trad metal does and who can blame them? In a world which is full of endless genres and arguments about what falls into what, some bands just put on their battle vests, turn the clock back to the 80’s and let the children argue on the internet. One such band are Tension who after a stunning EP in 2017 are finally back with their debut studio album ‘Decay’.

                With trad metal, the listener knows exactly what they are going to get and therefore, ‘Decay’ is no different. However, there are varying degrees of greatness to what known quantity and Tension are hitting the upper echelons hard. ‘Decay’ is an excellent slab of old-school heavy metal, there are thunderous drums, endless guitar riffs and flourishes where the listener will find themselves air-guitaring along like they’re tickling an invisible goat belly delivered through a decent production aimed to transport the listener to a different time. Tracks such as ‘Hellflight’, ‘Mooncrusher’ and the superb track ‘Black Knights’ have all the enjoyability of Satan, Traveler and Angel Witch whilst also learning on Iron Maiden, Wolf and even King Diamond or Portrait to get their sound across. In fact, the latter song could easily slide into a NWOBHM compilation, and no one could tell you that it wasn’t released on Tyneside in 1981.

                ‘Decay’ is an excellent slab of trad metal; Tension have hit the nail on the head and hopefully it won’t be another five years or so before the next release.

"an excellent slab of trad metal"
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