Conflict’s Decision Code is an album full of rapid-fire riffs, harsh shouts, clean singing, precision percussion and industrial flourishes all wrapped in a cold, mechanized production courtesy of the band itself. More importantly, it’s an album that doesn’t contain the nu metal influence, crappy cover songs or blatant attempts to reach the mainstream.
This effort to expand their sound (however slight) is mainly apparent in the increased role of the electronics. Faint synth melodies run beneath most of the riffs. The most astonishing thing about Decision Code is the level of conviction that runs through it. Vocalist Anna Hel has delivered one of the most visceral vocal performances on a release in the recent years. She sounds positively pissed off on every track, and her clean vocals are powerful and tastefully done. On the musical side, drummer Mikhail (no last name given) delivers a forceful and aggressive performance, and the riffs courtesy of Rodion Skitayev are aggressive and heavy, but also very melodic.
Decision Code is heavy rhythmic riffs locked in with double bass, violent shouts and powerful clean singing, industrialized effects, and strong songwriting. It’s the sound of a band ready to prove to fans that they’re ready to push the Conflict name and the genre to new heights.