South African Thrash Titans Truth Decayed New Single ‘Death By Design’

South African Thrash Titans Truth Decayed New Single ‘Death By Design’ From Upcoming ‘Faded Visions II’ (Produced by Kris Xenopoulos from Vulvodynia)

Truth Decayed are gearing up for the release their anticipated second chapter of ‘Faded Visions’ and will unleash the first single from ‘Faded Visions II’ called ‘Death By Design’ on Friday 17 March (produced by Kris Xenopoulos from Vulvodynia). After the stout impetus and triumph of ‘Faded Visions I’ in 2022, the KZN-based quartet is primed and set to elevate things to a blistering next level!


Warren Jones (Guitar) “Death by design was a very smooth and enjoyable song to record. Playing it live is even better. Even though Death By Design is so enjoyable, it has a darker meaning of we were designed to behave a certain way in society and contribute to a system that has crushed our dreams and aspirations. Death By Design’s intentions is to give some hope, that those seeking to make a difference in their lives don’t stand alone.”

Daniel Philogene (Drums) “Death By Design has been a great song to work on as it’s our first recorded song as the new band line-up. It feels as it’s shaped Truth Decayed into a more solid direction of where the music is going. It’s a very groovy and powerful song with super memorable vocals. Having used live performances to test the waters with new material, Death by design has only had very positive feedback from our audience.”

Renz Kruger (Bass) “For me as the newest member of Truth Decayed, the recording process for Death By Design was extremely smooth and very enjoyable. Death By Design has got some brutal guitar riffs and some slick solo parts along with some smooth and groovy bass lines that blends in well with some dynamic drumming elements and not to mention, powerful and deep lyrics. Mix that all up together in a big pot and you get … Death By Design. Playing Death By Design live especially is even more enjoyable as the vibe and energy with the crowd participation is powerful and extremely fulfilling.”

Ryno Theron (Vocals & Guitar) “I feel Death By Design captures the sound of Truth Decayed’s most solid and cohesive lineup to date. It has become somewhat of an anthem at live shows, and the crowd’s reaction really makes us feel it was a step in the right direction.”

Daniel Philogene (Drums), Ryno Theron (Vocals & Guitar), Renz Kruger (Bass) & Warren Jones (Guitar)


Truth Decayed hail from Durban, South Africa, and started during lockdown early 2020. The quartet combines the talents of seasoned musicians from varied bands craftily collected by founders and long-time friends Warren Jones and Ryno Theron.


Mere weeks from formation, the band unleashed their debut single ‘Modern Day Illusion’ that earned them a top position on France The Planet’s ‘Metal Madness Week Competition’ on BurgStudio. This was closely followed by winning the Battle of the Bands with ‘The Metal Lab UK’. Their debut EP ‘Modern Day Illusion’ and Music Video for ‘Opposing Direction’ soon followed and received critical acclaim from numerous renowned global media channels, with positive reviews in magazines like Metal Hammer.


During 2021 Truth Decayed proudly represented South Africa on the global stage on international Online Festivals like SUBGB Festival de Música (Colombia), Heresy Fest (Argentina), Caio Indica Fest (Brazil), Larva Fest (Peru), La Ley del Rock (Argentina & Italy), Music Entropia (Greece), as well as the World Of Metal Online Festival (Portugal) where they opened for icons Venom, Rotting Christ, Anvil and Iron Saviour. Truth Decayed also enjoyed frequent Radio play from notable stations like Wacken Radio, Heavy Radio, and their track ‘Opposing Direction’ featured on the Greece Compilation ‘In The Sign Of Chaos Vol 3’ and ‘PTSD’ on the US Compilation ‘Rage Against Cancer’ from Malevolence Records.


In 2022 Truth Decayed unleashed the first part of ‘Faded Visions’, with the singles ‘PTSD’, ‘Faded Visions’, and ‘Absolute War’ receiving critical acclaim. The Music Video for ‘Faded Visions’ had its premiere with HEAVY Magazine in Australia (and Truth Decayed also feature on the cover of the latest Magazine Edition). The full ‘Faded Visions I’ had its Exclusive Worldwide Premiere with Metal Injection. The release was supported with extensive shows in South Africa. After the success of ‘Faded Visions I’, the KZN-based quartet is primed and set to elevate things to a blistering next level in 2023 with ‘Faded Visions II’, starting with the new single ‘Death By Design’ (produced by Kris Xenopoulos from Vulvodynia, who also produced ‘Faded Visions I’).

Truth Decayed ‘Death By Design’ Clean Lyrics


Architects of life, empowering, the oppressing kind

Creating uncertainty, leeching, destroying your dreams

Apoptosis, hypnosis


Trigger the cells impulse

Entangling life’s repulse

Ceasing to form at all

Apoptosis, forming the call

Inducing, psychosis


Death by design

You’re running out of time

Racing to the grave

To the ego, you’re a slave

Forming your core too late


Deciding life through hate

Broken promises are a state

Sealing your broken fate

Inducing, psychosis


Death By Design

You’re running out of time

Racing to the grave

To the ego you’re a slave

Death by design

Publishing Information


Format: Single

Artist: Truth Decayed

Title: Death By Design

Original Song

Duration: 04:11

Clean Lyrics

Language: English

Country: South Africa

Genre: Thrash Metal

ISRC QZFZ22367884

UPC 197545974474

Album: Faded Visions II

Publisher: Independent

Label: Howling Rush Records

Release Date: Friday 17 March 2023

Recorded At: Vision Studios

Mixed And Mastered By: Kris Xenopoulos

Produced By: Daniel Philogene

Author: Warren Jones

Composer: Truth Decayed

Performer: Truth Decayed

Ryno Theron (Vocals & Guitar)

Warren Jones (Guitar)

Daniel Philogene (Drums)

Renz Kruger (Bass)

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