Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Initial Impressions: Deceased...: Surreal Overdose

Deceased... has been around since the mid 1980's, which is kind of surprising. They were at the head of the American death metal movement, but never really got the notoriety that groups like Death, Possessed, and Morbid Angel did. Perhaps this is due to the band's relative isolation, Virginia has never really been known as a hotbed of metal activity. But, Deceased... is still kicking, contrary to the band's name.

This is the band's first album since the monumental 2005 album As the Weird Travel On, but the band has definitely not lost a single step in that time. Their particular brand of Motorhead-meets-Death metal is on full display here once again. Deceased... do their thing and do not concern themselves with trends. This is still metal that unapologetically sounds like mid 1980's proto-death metal.

All of the songs are fast-paced with a crunchy edge to the riffing style. This is heavy and aggressive metal that is raw and incredibly powerful. King Fowley remains the most impressive drummer/vocalist in metal, something pretty rare.

The lyrics are fairly typical for the band: B-movie horror stuff and zombies. This is the band who did a concept album covering George A. Romero's zombie movies. Deceased... takes great glee in these topics and the music matches the subject matter incredibly well.

This is once again a terrific album by one of the most underrated bands in metal today. This is a definite contender for Album of the Year.

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