Winds of Plague – Decimate the Weak [Review]

Decimate the Weak is the second full-length album by Century Media band Winds of Plague, their first with Century Media.

Decimate The Weak Winds of Plague album art

For the first time in a long time, I am confused by the contents of a metal album. When I first put on Decimate the Weak I expected to hear a pretty much straight-up symphonic black metal album, then out of nowhere they drop an unaccounted-for breakdown in the middle of a great metal song. Now, this would have not been a huge problem for me if it only really occurred once or twice, but it seems to be a reoccurring theme. I will give the guys a small amount of credit for being “original” and doing their own thing, but at some point should you not take a step back and think, ‘What the hell did we just create?’

There are moments of sheer metal brilliance, and moments filled with brutal breakdowns, but these two things never seem to have a happy marriage. It seems to be a strained coexistence that is, at times, painful for the listener. It is quite clear that Winds of Plague are influenced by a wide variety of bands, from Dimmu Borgir to something along the lines of As Blood Runs Black. It comes to no surprise to me that Century Media would pick these guys up, since they seem to like bands that stretch the boundaries some (see also: Zonaria, The Agonist).

The major problem with the album is that it is simply too short for the bands sound to manifest itself in your brain. With only 10 songs coming in at around 37 minutes (with an intro track of 1:17) it is tough to really gain any momentum when you are clearly influenced by two completely different styles of metal. Toward the end of the album you can finally start to get the sound that they were trying for, but missed the mark through most of the album. Beyond that, most of the lyrics are simply not very strong. The most wildly uninspiring of their lyrics are the more dethcore styled, where they recite things such as “You wanna see us fail? Not today mother fucker!” or “Fuck you! Get the fuck out! My face will be the last thing you see.”

Being that they are still a young band, and this is only their first major release, this band could do great things if they can get a hold on the sound they are looking for. Clearly creative and skilled musicians, once they get the reigns on the beast that is their sound, they might have something great.

Track picks: “Anthems of the Apocalypse” and “Legions”

Overall score: 6/10 devil horns

On a side note: It pains me to say this, but the album art for this album is awful. I love Samurai. Why did you have to have such a stupid album art depicting a Samurai?

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4 responses to “Winds of Plague – Decimate the Weak [Review]

  1. okay so basically all i have to say is
    that the person who did this review is an idiot.
    definately skilled band, and very brutal
    do you even listen to this kind of music?
    breakdowns everywhere is what makes music fun
    to jump in the pit. i think that you are completely wrong
    saying its 6/10, it deserves atleast an 8/10

    • Hey Kenny,

      Thanks for reading my review. Anyway, I do listen to Deathcore. A lot. Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, etc. I did say they were skilled, and also I said they were brutal. What more do you want?

      Fun music is not always “good” music. So what if there’s a thousand breakdowns you can kick heads into? It could still be the shittiest song ever written. Just like people who like to sing finding a song that’s catch and memorable enough to sing.

      All in all, the record just was not that good. Too many unfinished ideas and not enough fluidity.

      That’s my two cents.

  2. who does the artwork for winds of plague?

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