Epidemic – Decameron (1992)
Skirting around the periphery of being more death metal than thrash it still seems appropriate to highlight this early 90’s skull-splitter from San Francisco’s Epidemic.
Arriving rather late on the scene, Epidemic’s fusing of thrash and death was understandable as by ’92 death metal had already begun to ensnare those fans looking for ever heavier sounds.
With complete disregard for the level of melody the majority of thrash bands had been playing with – this was around the time of Testament’s ultra-melodic The Ritual, Death Angel’s mainstream courting Act III and the behemoth that was Metallica’s Black Album – Epidemic’s death/thrash was utterly relentless in it’s attack.
Remember the first time you were confronted by Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends? Decameron warrants the same ‘run for cover’ response!