TASTE – Moral Decay

TASTE - Moral Decay
  • 6/10
    TASTE - Moral Decay - 6/10


AOR Heaven
Release date: August 31, 2018

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The Borg (Christoffer and Felix) return with their second Taste album, Moral Decay, following 2013’s self-titled debut. Not to be confused with the Rory Gallagher led Heavy Blues Rock band of the same name, Sweden’s Taste revels in the clean keyboard and guitar driven AOR Melodic Rock sound of the eighties. The brothers Borg play all the instruments on the album, which was mixed by Christoffer and mastered by the increasingly ubiquitous Jacob Hansen. Christoffer handles all the vocals as well on an album that features layers of vocal harmony; he’s clearly talented on both sides of the mixing board. The thirteen songs are a faithful reproduction of the eighties Melodic Rock sound, with some climbing, note-perfect, clean guitar solos interspersed among the keyboard fills and sing along choruses.

The songs are well-crafted, though the sound of Moral Decay is very much that of a studio project. Occasionally a track rises up from the susurrus of standard AOR fare to find a song with a bit of spirit and passion; “Rainbow Warrior” generates some heat, and “My Own Worst Enemy” brings the fire, but most of the songs on Moral Decay have the chill of excessive studio production. Then again, the eighties album bins were filled with Melodic Rock offerings that adopted a heavily produced stance, so if anything Taste renders a faithful reproduction of that sound—“We Are Back” could be a track off a Scorpions album from the late eighties/early nineties and no one would blink an eye.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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