Rating : 3/5
Distributor : Self released
Released : April 2015
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Marcus Lawrence – Vocals
Anthony Rouse – Drums
Nick Rothe – Bass
Mike Lewis – Guitar
Brian Frost – Guitar


2.Misery of Ignorance
3.Somnia Malum Infinitum
4.Hemispheres Decaying
5.Organic Tomb


Deathmetallers Grethor from Virginia have just released Cloaked in Decay after their 2013 debut “Galaxia Infinitum”. Independently must be said and that makes the effort in the album even more rewarding.

CID is a nasty kind of black death metal work. It would be great if it wasn’t for the vicious vocals, which is a shame when you think that that’s what makes it death metally. The melodies are rich and complex, with a kind of jazzy feel to it (don’t laugh), listen closely to the drums. It’s a nice way to say messy. But it is supposed to be messy, angry, chaotic, you are supposed to headbang when you hear it, because you can’t bang your head against the walls.

The Virginians say the inspiration behind the album is the 1895 novel “The King in Yellow” by Robert W. Chambers, which relates stories about the decline of humanity and our guilt and despair around it.
All the titles convey the misery of mankind, through anger and suffering, through ugly life and almost welcome death. Wraith and Hemispheres Decaying were particularly striking in that sense.

Not my cup of tea but perfect for real fans of the genre, who will probably rejoice at the view of the CD pack the boys thought about, including a booklet featuring artwork by Niklas Sundin.

Review by FZ