"World in Decline" (Prosthetic; 2010)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Southern California quartet Antagonist displays a comprehensive knowledge of modern metal know-how with a sense of history on their side on their hybrid 10-track presentation "World in Decline."

Tasty thrash riffs, technical guitar runs (?God on Fire?) and bruising metalcore breakdowns (?New Human?) coexist across the duration of the affair, while a harsh vocal tone commands attention and demands respect throughout the barrage of pounding rhythms and pummeling tempos (?Disguised in White?).

Ever imagine what a molten mix of Trivium and Testament would sound like or what a jam between Exodus and Lamb of God would render? Wonder no more, as this crew puts doubts to rest with an above average amalgamation of old and new school thought properly executed with a seething nature that places a tumultuous twist on the standard formula.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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