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Review: Disformed - Horror Reborn
Horror Reborn

Label: Independent
Year released: 2015
Duration: 32:26
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 25, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Horror Reborn

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Disformed, featuring five experienced Finnish musicians from a few different existing and disbanded groups (Barathrum, Fierce, Fleshred, etc.), play Death Metal of the one and only 90s style, when such Swedish messengers of death as Dismember, Entombed, Unleashed and Carnage set some unbreakable rules for how to play the most down-tuned and heaviest kind of music on the rotten face of the Earth. Disformed's second, eight-track output, Horror Reborn, follows that rule precisely, as loyal disciples should do in the first place.

On Horror Reborn, Disformed's arsenal is used for a heavy and brutal Death Metal onslaught, turning out to be a pretty wise and effective solution. These lads already felt very homey with a strongly Swedish-tinged sound on their debut three-track EP, Prelude to Death. The same words apply to their follow-up EP, in which they have adopted this purely Swedish reeking Death Metal style even better than on its predecessor. Disformed is really deeply "in" in this specific style, offering a successfully made throwback to the times, some 25 years ago. The playing is tight, the production typical of those days (i.e. heavy, brutal and crispy) but in the same breath it must be admitted that Disformed aren't alone today when it comes down to "recycling the past". There are hundreds and hundreds of similar-sounding groups nowadays that try to capture some of those past, glorious death reeking chords into their own sounds – some better and some worse. Fortunately, Disformed does represent the better half from this huge pile, firmly counting on their skills and experiences. 

Nothing out of the ordinary here, but still tons of nostalgic oozing Death Metal fun can be found from Disformed's second ship-sinking Death Metal torpedo.

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Review: Prelude to Death (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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