Album cover taken from the movie Black Sabbath.
The debut record “Luck Of The Corpse” was released by Deceased in 1992. By the late 1980’s and early 1990’s Death Metal was increasing in popularity. What was not to like about? The changing tempos, slowed aggressive riffs, and yes, the death growls of the vocals. One more thing, the album covers were gruesome. Lastly, Deceased is a local band to our area, hailing from Northern Virginia. This album itself was recorded at Oz Studios, Baltimore, MD.
So, who are these guys? Deceased is made up of guitarists Mark Adams & Doug Souther, bassist Les Snyder, and drummer & vocalist King Fowley. The band itself plays very tight. Each riff, beat, and solo is well thought out. Lyrical themes, you guessed it, deals with horror, zombies, and death. Even though, many call this 1990’s Death Metal, many of these songs were written in the mid 1980’s when the genre was beginning to take off on the underground scene.
Musically, each instrumentalist is clearly heard. Several of the songs feature screaming guitar solos, crunchy riffs, great bass lines, and excellent drumming. You can heard some elements of Thrash Metal as well as a dash of Progressive Metal. The music is brutal. The album does a great job with the combination of fast tempos and heavily slowed tempos. The vocals are gritty and harsh, but also clear.
“Fading Survival” – 2:59
“The Cemetery’s Full” – 3:03
“Experimenting with Failure” – 2:25
“Futuristic Doom” – 3:20
“Haunted Cerebellum” – 2:55
“Decrepit Coma” – 3:07
“Shrieks from the Hearse” – 3:24
“Psychedelic Warriors” – 5:15
“Feasting on Skulls” – 3:39
“Birth by Radiation” – 4:20
“Gutwrench” – 1:59