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DEKODER Between The Waking… And The Dying Review

Music from 2012 is still in my bones, making me recognize what an awesome year it was in Deathrock. One band that stood out for me was Dekoder from Montreal, and their album Between The Walking and the Dying which doesn’t have a weak moment on it. From the very second their song “Pace” starts, it’s clear that this band knows how to write subversive catchy songs. Dekoder impresses me because they are able to mold their influences into their own unique sonic experiences. The rhythm section of this band is the cryptic driving baselines that ride drums that will have you transfixed. Then the vocals overtake your body in the form of death rock blues. Dekoder are masters at conjuring epic intros that captivate your eardrums before becoming black waterfalls of melody. Their songs “Anxiety,” “Sanity” and “Refuse” are perfect examples of why this band’s music should be heard by the universe. Dekoder is full of conviction and their music speaks to human and social politics in an honest way. Another thing that interests me about them is the way that almost every song is treated like it’s own audio movie – telling a story from start to finish. Dekoder know how to balance the tension between darkness and light in each song on this album, and on the album as a whole. Between The Waking And The Dying is a record that is played on the daily in the CVLT Nation HQ, because it always gets one of my best friends to dance no matter what she is doing. This person is our 1 1/2 year old Sinead Sunshine, who knows good music when she hears it! Dekoder made a killer album in 2012, but I really hope that generations to come get to hear it – it’s that fucking good! Between The Waking And The Dying is out now on Chaos Rurale Records.


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