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Review: Deceased - Surreal Overdose
Surreal Overdose

Label: PATAC Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 46:01
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Thrash


Review online: September 19, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.57/5 (91.3%) (46 Votes)

A new Deceased album was certainly overdue, so I was glad to see Surreal Overdose land on my lap (or in these modern times of mp3 promos, I should say "on my hard drive.") Deceased have toned down their sound since their early days as a Death Metal band, and Surreal Overdose continues down that path – personally I always like the change since their very early stuff wasn't all that great to my ears.

We can't even talk about Death/Thrash anymore; Surreal Overdose sounds like a cross between later Deceased and October 31 (King Fowley's other band – from which an album is also overdue). In fact, at times I found myself thinking that some of the material could very well have fit on an October 31 album. There's a speed element here that makes this sound a bit more like Deceased, but one cannot ignore the melody in the Heavy Metal elements that mellow this down. A lot of the atmosphere and vibe here is more on the dark/horror side of things, another Deceased trademark.

This is not bad by any means – it's fast, catchy, melodic, and you'll fuck up your fingers playing air guitar to some of this. It's a very good mix of faster, harder, sharper thrashy metal with the catchy, somewhat melodic Heavy Metal one would expect from bands like October 31. Those who have been whining of the change of direction since Supernatural Addiction will probably like this even less, but that's their problem. For the rest of us, it doesn't take much convincing to just put the album on repeat all day and go nuts.

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