Things born out of adversity generally survive, their in built defence mechanism and resistance to the elements allowing for a thicker skin than perhaps those who had things easier.
South African metal outfit Truth Decayed most definitely fall into the former category, rising from the embers of a stumbling world at the height of the pandemic and forging a musical path by which to overcome the odds.
Combining seasoned musicians from various bands, Truth Decayed formed through the vision of longtime friends and collaborators Warren Jones and Ryno Theron, a musical force riding the waves of discontent in a new world where the playing field was suddenly levelled.
Following the promise showed on their debut EP Modern Day Illusion, Truth Decayed are following up with the first of a two-part album series, titled Faded Visions I, and in doing so aim to further their global reach on a sonic plain.
Theron sat down with HEAVY to talk about the first instalment of the double album release.
“Musically it is a continuation of our EP that came out a while ago called Modern Day Illusion,” he began. “It’s still very much a social commentary on the events going on in the world. The main difference from the EP though is it has taken more of a psychological perspective, looking at the psychology and everything and people’s actions with all the stuff going on in the world at the moment. The reason why it is Faded Visions Part One is essentially Part Two is coming out later in the year and will be the second half of the album, because it’s only five tracks. I suppose many would call it an EP but because it’s collectively more of an album… you release things in the digital format in this age so we thought it might be good to get five songs out for people to focus on and get stuck into and then later in the year release the other five songs for absorption. It’s not as easy as it was in the day where you would have an album for a year or two and people take their time to chew on. Also, there’s just so much music out there now. Stylistically and fundamentally it’s still thrash metal at heart but there’s definitely alot of heavier elements that have come into our music in terms of breakdowns or be it the vocals going deeper and darker. But it still sounds like us and we are proud of what we’ve done so far.”
In the full interview Ryno talks more about Faded Visions I, the single PTSD and how it relates to the rest of the music, the subject matter and how it ties in, the early days of the band during lockdown, breaking free from the thrash tag, Faded Visions II and more.