Monday, 2 July 2012

DECEASED - Luck Of The Corpse (1991)

01  Fading Survival
02  The Cemetery's Full
03  Experimenting With Failure
04  Futuristic Doom
05  Haunted Cerebellum
06  Decrepit Coma
07  Shrieks From The Hearse
08  Psychedelic Warriors
09  Feasting On Skulls
10  Birth By Radiation
11  Gutwrench

'Luck Of The Corpse' is the first album from the death metal band Deceased, released in December 1991 (US) and February 1992 (EUR) by Relapse Records. The cover is an image form the 1963 film, Black Sabbath. Founded in 1984, by drummer and vocalist King Fowley, they were the first band to sign Relapse Records, they released four full albums through the label, along with a number of EPs, demos and re-releases of early demos.

King Fowley, the band's frontman, gives one hell of a drum performance on here. I have read that he doesn't like this album because it was played "too fast", but as a fan, I can safely say that this album has a unique charm due to the fact it's just a bunch of young death metal freaks playing at the edge of their ability, it's just ridiculous! King's blast beats are quick, and he utilizes punk beats a lot too, which compliment the thrashy riffs perfectly. His vocal performance is unique to this album, he never really did use his low style vocals after this album.

So many of the tracks on 'Luck Of The Corpse' are really solid and you'll get riffs stuck in your head pretty easily. Not to mention, the lyrics are fairly catchy at times too, you'll find yourself singing along to songs like the excellent "Fading Survival", "Feasting On     Skulls" and "Haunted Cerebellum" with it's gang vocals at the end. "Birth by Radiation" features an interesting intro with clean guitar to build up before the impending madness. The production on this record is acceptable. It's not as heavy as say, Incantation, but seeing as these guys rely more on thrashy riffs and speed, it works just fine. It definitely sounds like an early 90's death metal album, but just don't expect a Scott Burns kind of mix job.

To be honest though, the thrash and even traditional heavy metal influences perpetually threaten to overtake the occasional blast beats and "Eaten Back to Life"-style tremolo riffing. Apart from periodic dips into mildly extreme (only mildly even for the time period) territory, this is almost a straightforward thrash album. Possessed and Necrovore played with more malignancy and fervor than Deceased; 'Luck Of The Corpse' does sound very dated even for 1991, when most of this band's brethren in the death metal scene had already overtaken this territory a couple years back with unrelenting intensity. I don't need to catalog the list of albums released at the same time that were far heavier, faster, and whatever other superlative you're interested in; you already know and own them all. It comes off as kind of juvenile, and it's overcompensating to prove heaviness beyond thrash. That doesn't necessarily make 'Luck Of The Corpse' bad album in and of itself (I do enjoy it), but it's clear that Deceased were never really cut out for the death metal big leagues...

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