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Review: Murder Squad - Unsane, Insane and Mentally Deranged
Murder Squad
Unsane, Insane and Mentally Deranged

Label: Pavement Music
Year released: 2001
Duration: 33:44
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 13, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Unsane, Insane and Mentally Deranged


Do you miss Autopsy? Buy every Abscess album hankering for the days of Chris Reifert's most debauchery filled tunes, only to feel something's not quite hitting the same buttons as it used to in the 'good old days'? Murder Squad could be the band for you.

Another 'super' group, featuring former and present members from two of Sweden's most popular death metal bands (Entombed and Dismember), Murder Squad's debut sees them teaming up with Mr Reifert himself to fully bring the shit-caked, punky death metal to your ears like it was mere weeks after Autopsy's death rattle 'Shit Fun' had been released. Yeah, so there's no prizes for guessing that this is completely unashamed, unadulterated Autopsy worship, but fuck, it's great Autopsy worship, so who gives a shit? Of course, there's the inevitable touches of Entombed here and there musically which gives it more of an identity of its own, but with the lyrical topics edging toward the sick, twisted topics Autopsy loved back in the days, you'd still be forgiven for thinking you were listening to a long lost Autopsy recording (hell, even with the Entombed-sounding parts, it still sounds like Autopsy as, lets face it, they stole more than one Autopsy riff in their past releases!).

But the thing that flows most notably from the album is the fact that it's obviously been lovingly put together by a bunch of buddies, sitting around drinking beers and bashing out riffs in total adoration of their idols. So, you should know exactly what to expect, and as an album, whilst not quite reaching the excellence of early Autopsy, it's certainly an enjoyable listen. Good stuff.

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