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Review: Derkéta - In Death We Meet
In Death We Meet

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 49:20
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: August 26, 2012
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
In Death We Meet

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

Anyone out there remember this all-female Death/Doom band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that started out in 1988 as a 2-piece act? Derkéta were there along with bands like Autopsy, Nihilist, Paradise Lost, Asphyx, Dismember, Morgoth, Funebre, Dr. Shrinker, Exmortis and hundreds of other underground Death Metal bands creating their own brand of Doom-infested Death Metal. The band's 4-track demo, The Unholy Ground, remains one of the underground scene's true gems in my book and, surely, for others as well.

I didn't see this coming at all but Derkéta is back. The band reformed in 2006 although it has taken them a long time to get their debut full-length album recorded. Here it is, an 8-track effort titled In Death We Meet. It was a long 14-month process to get the album recorded due to some unfortunate equipment problems the band faced when entering the studio for the first time. Derkéta's efforts have truly paid off on this record. 2003's compilation, Goddess of Death, containing old material from 1991-94, may have satisfied the band's fans for a while, but the hunger for new material remained.

Right off the bat I need to say that the wait for In Death We Meet was absolutely worth it. Derkéta's Doom-laden Death Metal is some of the heaviest and most crushing shit I have heard in a long time. Derkéta have always been masters as creating slow, ultra-heavy, sludgy Death Metal and on In Death We Meet that's exactly what they do.

In Death We Meet contains uncompromising, murky, grave-smelling, unyielding Death Metal in its purest form, the way we remember Derkéta sounding back in the day. The band has stuck with their killer musical recipe for all these years and the fact that they are able to deliver the goods 20 years later shows off their impressive songwriting skills. Take, for example, "Goddess of Death," written in 1991. It is over 10 minutes long and in my opinion the band's songwriting talent culminates in this track. Doom Metal meets Death Metal in the most tasteful way. The inconceivable heaviness of "Goddess of Death" is almost unbearable, which is the case with just about every song on In Death We Meet. If you are a fan of Winter's Into Darkness and Autopsy's Mental Funeral then I cannot see any reason you wouldn't sink your teeth into this opus as well. Derkéta possess a doomy Death Metal approach similar to those aforementioned classics. This is Doom/Death at its best and I say, sincerely, I am glad they are back.

Other related information on the site
Interview with Sharon Bascovsky (guitars, vocals) on July 6, 2012 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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