Deceased - Surreal Overdose
13 May 2011

01. Skin Crawling Progress
02. Kindred Assembly
03. The Traumatic
04. Cloned
05. Vulture Shock
06. In The Laboratory Of Joyous Gloom
07. A Doom-Laden Aura
08. Dying In Analog

Alcoholics love their booze, chocoholics love their chocolates and I doubt it's because the formula of making booze has changed or the chocolatiers add interesting twists and bursting new flavours all the time. Sometimes… certain types of things are just good despite any changing or pioneering; as long as it's done right. What we have here today is long running US Thrash Death metallers Deceased's latest album Surreal Overdose and to these ears, they sure have done it right despite sticking to a formula that definitely won't score any points in originality.

For those not too familiar with the band, they play a very energetic brand of Thrash Death metal. You know, it's like the whole band are on steroids and sound pissed off enough to give the impression that they have bloody issues with just about everything. Obviously, they deal with these issues in the most violent and blistering manner. Then here's the catch… they've been over dosing on happy pills as well, hence the extra energy and also, a healthy dose of melody that makes the whole package a lot more memorable with almost a rock 'n' roll edge among the blitz.

Problem is, this album, as presented by the cover and lyrically speaking is meant to be more menacing and the band tries to do this by throwing in the occasional samples of tortured women and the ilk in the background of the music, but I guess such atmospheric gestures didn't quite work as anticipated since I am quite indifferent towards them. Furthermore, if you don't listen to the album enough times, it does get a bit challenging to remember which track is which as they lack the individual sprinkle of brilliance.

That being said, and going back to the first paragraph, this is still a very enjoyable album that's no-frills and unpretentious, which is exactly what some of us look for at least every now and again.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 5
Production: 8

Band profile: Deceased
Album: Surreal Overdose


Written on 25.06.2011 by
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Ritual_Suicide - 26.06.2011 at 06:50  
Originality is overrated.
The Benighted - 26.06.2011 at 07:51  
Deceased never disappoint. Really great album. I'd settle on probably a 9 thus far in. Really digging that rougher production, especially compared to the last one.
bluegreengod - 26.06.2011 at 23:29  
Damn, I haven't heard of these guys since Supernatural Addiction came out. That was a fun album so I'll have to check this out.
wormdrink414 - 02.07.2011 at 05:08  
I'm really, really enjoying this. High 8 for me right now.
Dangerboner - 22.07.2011 at 20:22  
Yeah, great album. Sucks that the opening track is probably the worst on the album, but as a whole, this is definitely a highlight of the year.

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