The Finnish duo Desecresy released their debut album "Arches of Entropy" (reviewed here) in 2010, and in 2012 this, their second full-length, was unleashed on the world. It's available on both CD and vinyl.
The metal of death presented on "The Doom Skeptron" is ominous and sinister, and, at times, I interpret it as somehow philosophical and contemplating. Worry not, though, for it's still clearly true (oldschool) death metal we're dealing with here. The songs mostly revolve around the mid-tempo, as expected, but (if my recollecions of the band's debut are correct) there seems to be more of faster bursts as well.
The core of Desecresy's expression lies in mid-tempo death metal's simplisticity delivered with vision and talent - built within good compositions, of course. The riffs are mostly very rhythmic and in no way too technical, but they have well enough variation and plain merciless hooks, small twists and appeal to ensure that I wouldn't even think of skipping a song or a section. One more noteworthy thing are the mid-paced, dark and truly atmospheric guitar-leads that coat the compositions in their slowest parts. They don't rely on technical delivery or try to stand out from the compositions' main core, but work as a deepening element for the album's doomy and ominous atmosphere, and by doing that they increase the album's originality quite a bit.
If compared with the duo's earlier album, the production values are more professional. The heavy and distorted guitar sound is nicely vast to make the songs seem more overwhelming with their pummeling rhythms, but has enough of character and edge to make sure it doesn't rely solely on heaviness or so-called brutality. The deep growls have improved a lot as well, now sounding more capable than ever. Similar to the music, they don't try to sound aggressive but are simply deep and heavy. The bass is left in the background for most of the album with the sole role of supporting the guitar riffs, which is a shame in my opinion. The band clearly has a vision of how to make good and effective guitar riffs, so I see no reason why they shouldn't use their skills to enhance the bass-lines as well.
I praised the drum-work a lot in my previous Desecresy-review, and although their more traditional sound on this album don't make it as evident as the debut's compelling cymbal-work, I still can only praise mr. Grönqvist's work behind the drum kit. The steady, even minimalistic comping is constantly accompanied by small adds and surprises that don't try to make the album into a splendour of drum pornography, but simply present how clear a vision the artist has for his craft. It might be a small thing for some, but for me it's one of the things that keep this album truly interesting even after numerous spins.
Whereas "Arches of Entropy" was all red, this one's coated in deep blue, and is thoroughly adorned with hand-drawn details and a vast amount of skulls. It would probably look a lot more striking if it were made with a colourscape with more contrasts (or if I had the album's vinyl-version), but I still like it. The lyrics are (according to my interpretation) about unfathomable forces and entities of nature and existence, the existence itself, death, religious mysticism and horror, darkness and, finally, enlightenment. It's all described from a view of a "pondering introvert," which I mean in a sense that there's no preaching or clear opinions/theories present, and the lyrics are closer to an excerpt from some ritualistic tome than to any traditional story-form. My rambling aside, I would say that the lyrics are good and leave a lot of room for the reader's own interpretations.
"The Doom Skeptron" is similar to the duo's debut, but comes off as more professional, focused and original. You can still hear the duo's inheritance from their time in the (now deceased) band Slugathor, but more often you're treated to the band's more original vision of death metal. So, if you enjoy death metal in its steady, heavy and atmospheric form, this album's a good purchase.