Written by Ken Bowden on September 20, 2016 for Bloodrock Media 

Wisconsin’s own, Decivilize released their self-titled debut album, Decivilize, on September 30, 2016, courtesy of Pavement Entertainment.  The band is comprised of Kurt VanderVelden on vocals, Tim Beyer on guitar, CJ Kreski on bass, and Thor Nielsen on drums.  

The definition of decivilize is “to reduce from civilization to a savage state” and the guys in Decivilize have successfully released an album that will make you lose your shit to raw, primal metal.  Their sound is very much like Fear Factor, DevilDriver, and Static-X; a very rusted, mechanical, industrial feel (not in a bad way).  Decivilize is vicious, unforgiving, and undoubtedly brutal and hits you hard, right square in the face from the moment the first track begins to play.

Tracks such as “Everything Clean” and “So Shallow, So Shall I” are undoubtedly meant to put you in the mood and that mood is TAKE NO SHIT RAGE.  Decivilize isn’t grandpa’s easy listening, but what would you expect from a band named Decivilized?!  There is no room for feng shui and chill vibes when Decivilize is blasting through your speakers.  And there’s not a damn thing wrong with that; sometimes you need an solid fist pumping and flipping a random table to pull you out of a shit mood.  Just tell your piece of shit neighbor to give you an hour before he let’s his dog shit on your lawn again or you might open a can of whoop ass on him.


Decivilize will make your ears bleed and confirm that it’s okay to embrace the animalistic side of human nature.  This album is stellar and reminds you that you don’t need the trappings of modern day society all the time; it’s okay to turn off your iPhone, turn up the radio, and wild the fuck out!