Deceased


Fearless Undead Machines

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1. The Silent Creature
2. Contamination
3. Fearless Undead Machines
4. From The Ground They Came
5. Night Of The Deceased
6. Graphic Repulsion
7. Mysterious Research
8. Beyond Science
9. Unhuman Drama
10. The Psychic
11. Destiny

Y'know, considering the hype the media was giving this record, I truly expected the second coming while I listened to it. Or at the very least, a minor bout of rapture. Hailed as the 1997 thrash revival album of the year by many, I kinda wonder exactly what thrash they were referring to because this ain't it. Mind you, it's an okay album. But just barely. King Fowley's monotonous atonal vocals make each and every song sound alike and there isn't much in the way of varied songwriting. Sure, they play fast and furious, but an hour of songs about zombies and B-rated horror movies isn't my idea of fun anymore. When I'm next in the mood for thrash, I'll go put on my records from the 80's, thanks.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 09/1997

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Supernatural Addiction

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1. The Premonition
2. Dark Chilling Heartbeat
3. A Very Familiar Stranger
4. Frozen Screams
5. The Doll With The Hideous Spirit
6. The Hanging Soldier
7. Chambers Of The Waiting Blind
8. Elly's Dementia

For a band that champions the cause of "metal" so fiercely, you think that they'd be putting out an album that was more interesting. I'll readily admit that Supernatural Addiction is a much better album than the highly touted but ultimately disappointing Fearless Undead Machines from 1997. The opening guitar lines on "The Premonition" show that guitarists Mark Adams and Mike Smith have been spending some time working on a more classic, melodic metal feel and their playing throughout is much improved over what I remember of their past material. But unfortunately King Fowley's vocals have not improved at all and his monotonous rasp tends to completely work against every single song. It's not a pleasant tone, nor a fitting one for the current musical fare. Considering some of Fowley's writings in various metal zines, you'd expect he'd push himself to be better than all those "fake" metal bands he blasts. But sadly, while Deceased has indeed improved since their last album, this is still the sort of album that ultimately gets put back onto the shelf because there are scads more interesting bands to hear in the world, including (gasp!) those dreadful fake metal bands. Blah and bland.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 04/2000

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