Artist: Decay 

Album : Staring At The Sun

Label: Fox Records 

Rating:  8/10

Words: Karley Myall


Hailing from Liverpool is the post-hardcore outfit Decay. With their smooth vocals, electrifying instrumentals and uplifting sound. This band surely knows how to create music that instantly hooks you in within seconds, verses filled with roar emotion and poignant lyrics. But still having the instrumentals fairly upbeat and having that ability to get lost in the sound and put a smile on your face instantly. Now they’re here with their upcoming album Staring At The Sun which is due to be released on 10th July via Fox Records.

Post-hardcore is such a controversial genre, with so many artists injecting their talent into that specific sound. But it’s a genre that many adore and many feel the need to explore and that’s exactly what Decay does

With a total of ten-tracks each one having their own reason to stand out. With Daniel Reposar on vocals, Nathan Peloe on Rhythm Guitar, Toby Hacking on Drums and Matthew Pickford on Bass. Those who are into the enticing sound of post-hardcore would instantly fall in love with, the whole anthology has such an infectious sound. Always keeping that instrumental blasting out and the raucous vocals colliding alongside perfectly. There’s never a dull moment in this collection, it’s always showing just how truly talented Decay are.

Post-hardcore is such a controversial genre, with so many artists injecting their talent into that specific sound. But it’s a genre that many adore and many feel the need to explore and that’s exactly what Decay does, it makes you want to know more about hardcore and hear what a true definition of it really is. It makes you fall in love with the sound of hardcore all over again. That leads us to the opening track ‘Staring At The Sun’ within seconds there is this uplifting melody that kicks the song off as the mesmerising vocals begin to collide. Keeping that instrumental loud and blaring through and giving it it’s moment to really shine in the middle. A fantastic way to open up an album and a song that will be on repeat.

‘Ache’ takes it to that more heavier sound, having them screeching vocals that push through everything. The guitar riffs get quicker and louder as this insane amount of suspense begins to creep up in the background. Having you on edge and ready for them to completely drop a breakdown or get even more crazy and heavy. Which is what they do and they certainly pull through with it. The high-pitched shrieks come through as the slam on the drums crash through alongside the heavy plucks on the guitar strings. 

Decay has made a collection that shows their incredible talent and each piece is different. Not only that but the way they transition between soft to heavy within an instant

‘Comfortable’ is another one that starts off with that manic instrumental as the vocals pulse through with the gravelly texture. With the insane instrumentals keeping the heaviness very much alive and not holding back on letting their heavy sound excel massively. But then they lower the volume and keep the vocals to a rather mellow tone. Showing how they can transition from smooth to more intense.

Drawing the anthology to a close is the track ‘23’ which ends the anthology on a high note. Taking more of a slow and steady sound to begin with, keeping the instrumental fairly tranquil and letting the vocals present this compelling soft tone. This one really lets the vocals have their time to shine, showing the talented ranges that Daniel presents. Then halfway through they begin to let the instrumentals clash and switch back to that heavier sound. 

Decay has made a collection that shows their incredible talent and each piece is different. Not only that but the way they transition between soft to heavy within an instant. They offer diversity with their sound and show just exactly what kind of sounds they can do and not being afraid to explore different routes. Once you finish this collection it leaves you wanting more and that’s what is so important when listening to music. 


Staring At The Sun will be released on 10th July via Fox Records.

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