Country: France
Title: Dégénérescence
Label: Wolfspell Records
Year: 2019
Style: Depressive Black Metal

The French Suicidal Madness are back with their third full-length album, three years distance from the previous work that was also reviewed here by me and I remember I quite liked it with a few exceptions. The quintet (or is it a trio as listed in the CD booklet?) delivers here 5 new tracks totaling a bit over 40 minutes of playing time. The style hasn't changed, we're treated with the same type of melancholic and totally depressive slow to mid-paced Black Metal (with occasional fast parts, too), but this time they have improved their composition skills, the tracks are more varied, better flowing, more touching and involving and if feels like the band devoted more time in coming up with the tracks' final form which is comfortable for the listener I'd say. The production is pretty rough on the edges, but from my point of view this is excellent, keeps the band sharp and unfriendly like Black Metal should be; the bass lines are upfront and in your face throughout the whole album, but that can be said about all the instruments, so the bottom line is you can easily distinguish anything you'd like despite the background screams of Alrinack that has also upped his game, he delivers more emotion on this new album (the long screams on Resilience are a definite proof of his involvement). If you're looking for something raw, razor-sharp, melancholic, atmospheric, depressive the new Suicidal Mdadness might be just your thing.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 8.5/10