Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Brutally Deceased- Dead Lovers Guide

Brutally Deceased may come from the Czech Republic but for the most part their music would have you thinking Sweden in the good old days. They have been together since 2007 and this is their first full-length. The band is named after a song from Grave's classic album You'll Never See, so they are setting the bar pretty high for expectations. You get nine tracks of filth packed into this thirty three minute filthfest and it seems to fly by in no time.

If there is one thing that can ruin a old school death metal "resurgence" album it would have to be squeaky clean production. You're not going to find any of that bullshit here, the tone is thick and nasty and everything comes across just as filthy as it should. The riffs are groove based a good portion of the time but there are a also quite a few moments of really fast unrelenting attacks. When the band speeds up at times it can sound pretty bland but for the most part they hit the mark.

There are a few real standout tracks on the album which is always a plus. "Demise Of the Human Swine" has an epic buildup that is unforgettable and "... And Here I Die Forsaken" has some of the best soloing on the record along with one of the catchiest riffs I've heard in a long time. Another thing that increases the replay value of the album is how well it flows. "All That Rots And Withers" seems to pick up right where "Demise Of the Human Swine" left off. The vocals mesh with the music almost flawlessly. There is nothing flashy to be seen here, just that deep, guttural roar that has been heard a million times before. It is done well though and that is all that matters.

Overall Brutally Deceased could very well be lumped in the towering pile of newer old school death metal bands. The fact of the matter is that if you made a blank tape dub of this album and gave it to someone unaware of the band they would have a hard time pinpointing the year it was made. Fans of newer bands like Demonical and Morbider will dig this just as much and obviously fans of old school Swedish death metal (who could give a fuck less about the date it was made and just want great music) should check this out as well. Brutally Deceased is definitely a band to keep your eye on. Let's just hope their next release is up to par with this.

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