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Review: Brutally Deceased - Dead Lover's Guide
Brutally Deceased
Dead Lover's Guide

Label: Lavadome Productions
Year released: 2010
Duration: 33:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 26, 2011
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
Readers Rating
Dead Lover's Guide

Rated 3.13/5 (62.5%) (8 Votes)

Brutally Deceased performs death metal in the old Swedish style similar to early Entombed and Dismember. There are the same grooves and chunky riffing here that one would find with the classics. The music has a very back to the basics approach with little in the way of frills. There's an identifiable sound they're going for that is pushed upon the listener from the start of the album. In terms of writing catchy, addictive riffs, the band is solid, if unspectacular.

The songs have the appropriate crunch that will appeal to fans of the early Swedish sound. The sense of melody to go along with the punch is certainly provided as well. Still, there aren't as many memorable hooks as can be found on albums like Left Hand Path or Like an Everflowing Stream. Couple this along with merely decent production values and it prevents the material from truly shining, though it is certainly good regardless. There is more of a feeling of showing homage to the greats instead of trying overtly to surpass them. Tracks like "A Life Once Aborted" or the well done Dismember cover "Override of the Overture" are solid and groovy, but not quite great.

Brutally Deceased is certainly a band to check out if you're a fan of the style described, but if you aren't be wary when approaching Dead Lover's Guide. There's enough quality that a fan of the style will easily appreciate what's on display, but others may have a more difficult time digging in.

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