(Here’s Andy Synn’s review of the new album by Decrepit Birth.)
The ability to make comparisons between bands is a key tool in the modern reviewer’s repertoire.
As long as it isn’t abused and overused, making clear and accurate comparisons between different, but similar/complementary, acts is one of the best ways to put your audience in the right frame of mind prior to listening to a new album, and to attract the attention of potential new listeners (while also giving them some idea of what to expect).
But, although some comparisons are obvious (often painfully so), there are times when you’ll spend hours banging your head against a (metaphorical) brick wall, only to realise that the answer has been right under your nose the whole time.
And that’s exactly what happened to me mid-way through listening to Axis Mundi.