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Deceased - Supernatural Addiction

2000 Relapse Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-02

They've done it again. After stunning the world with 1997's Fearless Undead Machines, these metal die-hards are set to conquer once more. Being the brilliant opus that FUM was, it had to be difficult to even start and create something which would be set to follow in it's footsteps. Wisely, the band has chosen to move slightly away from the epic arena that Fearless dwelt in, yet maintaining the same degree of superiority which catapulted their last album into the halls of metal history. One surprise last time around was just the progression that the band underwent in the guitar/songwriting department. Granted, the chance isn't as dramatic here, but there is noticable growth in all departments, with King still having one of my favorite metal voices, rough, but completely dechipherable. His drumming has even gotten tighter, still holding on to the mania that is always present, yet a little more focused and direct. I give credit to the rhythm section here out of respect, for while the job is admirable, it's the guitars that rule the world here. Twin axework, killer solos and varying dynamics make for some of the best and most memorable songs (again!) for me. Honestly, it's hard to review anything else at this point, because this is all I want to hear. Voivod are still thanked profusely, and there are some nods in the spacier sections, but these guys are masters of their own thrash domain, alone in the universe, it almost seems. The bottom line is that this album is almost immediately accessible, with the subtle nuances becoming apparent after repeated listens and while now on the same level for me as Fearless Undead..., Supernatural Addictions may even boast more hooks and "YES!" moments than it's predecessor. Lyrically, not the tome of yesterday, but instead based on classic horror/ghost stories from various referenced stories. The whole thing is completely kick ass, and a total joy to review. The first band to ever sign to Relapse Records, and certainly one of the best that fine label has to offer.