Deceased

Aggressive Perfector – Havoc at the Midnight Hour Review

Aggressive Perfector – Havoc at the Midnight Hour Review

“It’s clearly throwback week in the House ov Steel. No sooner do I crash land after high speed sledding through the 80s with Warsenal than I find myself prematurely buried in the creepy graveyard of 80s metal curated by England’s Aggressive Perfector. With a sound stuck in the mire between Mercyful Fate and Venom, and at times digging in the same graves that Deceased made a career out of defiling, their debut drags the unsuspecting listener through a horror revival of all the charmingly slimy metal hits of the 80s.” Havoc panic.

Deceased – Ghostly White Review

Deceased – Ghostly White Review

“Let’s talk about cult bands for a moment. Were you ever find the actual Book ov Heavy Metal and look up the word “cult,” there on the sacred parchment would be a photo of Virginia’s death/thrash warriors, Deceased flipping you the bird as they spill cheap beer on their ragged denim war vests. These metal lifers have been banging away with abandon since the 1980s, always with limited notoriety, though one of a kind frontman King Fowley has been everywhere on the festival circuit playing with October 31 or anyone else who has extra brewskis.” Dead and loving it.

Gravehill/Mordbrand – Skullbearer/In Nighted Waters [Split] Review

Gravehill/Mordbrand – Skullbearer/In Nighted Waters [Split] Review

“Strap on the gauntlets and prepare to get dirty. Two years after their last album, California’s Gravehill are teaming up with Swedish trio Mordbrand to bring you nine tracks of teeth-gnashing, no-apologies death metal to get your head banging and your roommates finding somewhere else to live.” Take your rock tumbler and get out!

Vehemence – Forward Without Motion Review

Vehemence – Forward Without Motion Review

“Gather round, I have a story for ye. Back in 2002, a Phoenix-based death metal group called Vehemence released an album called God Was Created, a work that escaped widespread popularity to essentially become the little engine that could – a cult classic of the genre, if you will.” As snobbish metal elitists, we like cult classics.

Angrily Unreviewed: Deceased – Surreal Overdose

Angrily Unreviewed: Deceased – Surreal Overdose

Here’s one that not only got past me but completely flew under my radar, leaving me unaware of its release for over a month (stealth release under the cover of darkness brought to you by PATAC Records) . If I wasn’t already a fan of Deceased I would shrug it off, but since I am, I feel shame, rage, regret and finally, acceptance (of the rage and regret). Deceased have been around a long time and their fusion of death, thrash and classic metal was a big part of my 90’s listening rotation (if you never heard their classic Fearless Undead Machines release, you missed out bigtime). Their last full length was way back in 2005 and I although I clearly missed the secret memo they had a new one ready to go, Surreal Overdose is worth the long wait and its a real winner. Bringing back their berserk, ravenous thrash style, things get crazy quicker than you can say “Gwar mates with Lady Gaga in her giant egg chamber” (which I would pay to see BTW). Songs like “Skin Crawling Process” are raging thrash anthems with a touch of old school death and traditional heavy metal woven in. There are Slayeresque riffs, whammy bar molestation and King Fowley’s unmistakable raspy shouts. “Kindred Assembly” has blast beats and nonstop, throat gnawing aggression that’s bound to get the blood all angered up. “Cloned (Day of the Robot)” has trilling, melodic leads and memorable riffing throughout, sometimes sounding like Iron Maiden, sometimes like Slayer. Every track here blazes away with an insane, manic intensity that will remind older metal fans of how the early thrash albums sounded and felt.