Decade of Decay

BY Kiel HumePublished Jun 6, 2012

The story of Sarcofago is almost as fascinating as their music. Frontman Wagner "Antichrist" Lamounier was one of the earliest vocalists for Sepultura, leaving the band to form Sarcofago in 1985. Years of animosity with Max Cavalera resulted in a public feud that Cavalera turned into a song ("Bumbklaatt") about his dislike for Lamounier. To top it all off, Lamounier, who once wrote such blackened gems as "The Anal Rape of God," "Christ's Death," "Desecration of Virgi" and "Crush, Kill, Destroy" (all included in Decade of Decay), is now a professor of economics in Brazil. It's unlikely your economics teacher has such a colourful history. Decade of Decay is exciting because, as a compilation, it's the perfect intro to Sarcofago for the uninitiated. But, more importantly, it's the first time the album has been available in North America since its very limited 1995 release. This reissue is a treasure for anyone remotely interested in early black metal or for those looking to get their hands on what was previously long-lost demo material. You'll find Brazilian speed metal classics like "Hate," "Rotting" and "Song for My Death." However, the real treat is the demo material, which shows Sarcofago experimenting with every extreme metal sub-genre, growling, screeching and invoking Satan at every turn.
(Grey Haze)

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