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Music: Decrepit Birth
Decrepit Birth is an American progressive/technical death metal band. Originally a brutal death metal band with a straightforward early-2000s Unique Leader Records sound, they took a far different turn with their second album, focusing on highly complex, melodic, and multifaceted arrangements highly reminiscent of late-era Death and with it has come a great deal of fame that is steadily propelling them into the upper echelon of modern death metal.

The band was formed in Santa Cruz, California in 2001 by Bill Robinson (vocals), Matt Sotelo and Mike Turner (guitars), and Derek Boyer (bass). A drummer was not found, however, and the band stayed a studio project, drafting Tim Yeung for session drums on ...And Time Begins, their 2003 full-length debut. Boyer left soon after to join the reunited Suffocation, and the band quickly found a replacement in Risha Eryavec. More significant, however, was their acquisition of a full-time drummer in the form of Bay Area drumming extraordinaire KC Howard (of Odious Mortem fame). The next year or so went by uneventfully, though Sotelo was busily engaged in writing material for a promo that would serve as a sampler of their new sound. 2006 proved to be one of their biggest years in more ways than one; on one hand, the promo dropped and instantly gained a sizable amount of critical praise, but on the other, Mike Turner was found guilty of child molestation charges that same year, which resulted in his unceremonious ejection by a disgusted Sotelo. No attempt was made to find a replacement; besides, they were too busy writing for and recording their breakthrough album. That album, Diminishing Between Worlds, dropped in early 2008 and was instantly hailed as a modern classic, and in its wake came multiple slots on high-profile tours. In addition, the band finally found another full-time bassist in the form of Joel Horner, as well as Dan Eggers, Turner's replacement and a renowned guitarist in his own right.

2009 brought even bigger things by way of a spot on the Summer Slaughter Tour, along with other lucrative large-scale tours. The band made a return to the Summer Slaughter lineup that same year, supporting Polarity, their newest full-length. Howard, however, left the band and retired from touring altogether, choosing to focus on tutoring and session work instead, with Eggers soon following. Eggers was quickly replaced by Chase Fraser, while Howard's spot was filled in live at various points by Sam "Samus" Paulicelli and Lee Smith until the former finally joined full-time (barring college). Horner left the following year, with Boyer briefly returning until Suffocation called him back, resulting in Sean Martinez taking over his spot in turn. More touring followed, with Alex Bent and Gabe Seeber (The Kennedy Veil, Alterbeast) taking over as needed when Samus' college obligations took precedence. As of now, the band is writing for a new album, though the release timeframe is up in the air.


  • ...And Time Begins (2003)
  • 2006 Promo
  • Diminishing Between Worlds (2008)
  • Polarity (2010)

The band provides examples of the following tropes:
DecapitatedMusicians/MetalDeeds Of Flesh

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