Deceased
Supernatural Addiction


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
July 14th, 2007 | 40 replies | 4,499 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

“Supernatural Addiction” isn’t your typical thrash affair. For starters, it’s a concept album. Each song featured here is based upon a famous story, whether it be from a show like the Twilight Zone or a short story by Richard Matheson, and on top of that, no other band even remotely sounds like what Deceased created here. In thrash, there’s almost never a mix of technicality, melody, speed, and heaviness, but here they blend together perfectly.

Originally, Deceased was a death metal band, but as time went on they progressed into thrash. They did, however, keep some of their old traits. This is evident by King’s vocals right off the bat, as they're very reminiscent of old-school death metal; tight, throaty-rasps envelope his lyrics, giving off a desperate atmosphere. Mixed in with Mike and Mark’s melodic leads and palm-mute driven rhythm sections, it’s a marvelous sound to behold. The first track, “The Premonition”, features one of the most phenomenal leads in thrash history before King’s shrill voice breaks the calm and the guys start to shred all over the place.

One of the best parts of this album is that there are so many riffs per song, so nothing feels overused. The shortest song on the album, “The Hanging Soldier”, is only 4:20, with the longest being “Chambers of the Waiting Blind” at 7:50. In those times, however, Mark and Mike throw out riff after riff that keeps each song fresh. Whether it is the constant tempo and fluctuation of “Dark Chilling Heartbeat” or the frantic thrasher “Doll With the Hideous Spirit”, Mark and Mike keep it alive. Their solos, as well, are just as sharp. Most of them have a rather progressive feel to them, such as “The Premonition”, as they throw in melody here and there to keep the listener hooked.

Every song on “Supernatural Addiction” is just as enjoyable as the one before it. Listening to this album from start to finish is pure bliss, as you’ll be hard pressed to press the “skip” button. To top it off, nearly every song has its jaw-dropping moments. The chopped-melodic riff with King complementing the guitars with shriek yells during the post-verse on “A Very Familiar Stranger” and the New Wave of British Metal-esque fills during the chorus to “Chambers of the Waiting Blind” are definite highlights, as you’ll be on constantly smiling and head-banging the whole way.

Since this is a concept album, the lyrics stick close to the source material from which they were derived. “Doll With the Hideous Spirit” immediately caught my attention, since I’m a fan of Richard Matheson. I already knew it was conceived from his work when King shouted out “Around its neck a guarding chain is said to stop its life, So with a smile and a laugh she sets the doll aside. Other topics include the famous story “The Hitchhiker” by Oscar Brand (A Very Familiar Stranger) and "The Blair Witch Project" by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez (Elly's Denentia). Not only does King do all the vocal work on this album, but he also laid down all the drum tracks. You won’t find any Dave Lombardo insane fills here or anything, but it’s a more than solid job. He never really branches out of the basic drum roll or anything, but he makes use of different drum patterns to keep it crisp.

The only real gripe about this album is the song “Elly's Denentia”. Unlike the other 7 songs on this album, it constantly reverts back to the same slow-plodding start-stop riff with a haunting fill in-between. To be honest, it’s a good song, but it doesn’t pack as much punch as the other 7 tracks did. It has its moments, mainly the infused-melody near the end, but for the most part, it doesn’t stack up as well with the others. The bass, just like most thrash, is basically non-existant. Not once did I ever hear it (save for the slow intro to "Doll With the Hideous Spirit"), which is quite frustrating seeing as how it could’ve branched-off on its own during songs like “Frozen Screams” and it would’ve fit in fine.

“Supernatural Addiction” is something that any fan of metal should experience. The melody and technicality featured here could put any thrash-haters at bay, but its heavy enough that even the most die-hard thrashers would throw up the horns. Songs like “The Premonition” and “A Very Familiar Stranger” are easily two of the most intriguing songs I’ve heard in awhile. Not only that, but these songs have enough of a hook that’ll keep you in their grasps for days to come. If you like metal in general, do yourself a favor and check this out right now.

Overall Rating – 4.5/5

Recommended Tracks
The Premonition
A Very Familiar Stranger
Doll With the Hideous Spirit
The Hanging Soldier



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rattlehead42147
July 14th 2007



1345 Comments


i love thrash so i might be getting this

south_of_heaven 11
July 14th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm trying to find a way to join paragraphs because this doesn't look as appealing to the eye right now as it did in Word :/

kalkal50
July 14th 2007



2386 Comments


"Whether it be chopped-melodic riff with King complemented the guitars with shriek" - I think you use the wrong tense for the word "complemented".
"Since this is a concept album, the lyrics stick close to the source material from which they were derived from."
- You repeated "from" twice

Good review from an analytical stand point

south_of_heaven 11
July 14th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I noticed the "complementing" thing awhile ago and changed it.

Don't know why I have from twice, probably because I didn't read through this after I finished it. This Message Edited On 07.14.07

kalkal50
July 14th 2007



2386 Comments


Paragraphs 3 and 4 both have sentences which start with "whether", you might want to spread that out a bit.
Also I would the last two paragraphs together for teh eye candy.

south_of_heaven 11
July 14th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eh, I'll think about joining those two, or I'll find a way to lengthen them. I connected the part about the King's vocals and drum work, which was dumb in the first place to even seperate.
I really forced this one out just because I wanted to review it (I did this in about 15 minutes).

jrowa001
July 14th 2007



8750 Comments


this sounds promising, it better be good

kalkal50
July 14th 2007



2386 Comments


:O It's pretty good for that amount of time, but in places it did seem rushed. It usually takes me about 4 hours to do mine. Sorry, I'll vote after you've edited. This is going on my wishlist.This Message Edited On 07.14.07

Willie
Moderator
July 14th 2007



15877 Comments


I liked Fearless Undead Machines, but never paid attention to them afterwards.. so maybe I'll check this out.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

south_of_heaven 11
July 14th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but in places it did seem rushed.

Yeah, I know. I'm still going through right now and picking out the weeds in this one. I added some more to the last two paragraphs and I think it looks better. This certainly is a mediocre review by my standards, but meh, I still had fun writing it.

kalkal50
July 14th 2007



2386 Comments


these songs have enough of hook


lol another typo with the "of" if I'm not mistaken

south_of_heaven 11
July 14th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ugh today is not my day

kalkal50
July 14th 2007



2386 Comments


ok i can say it now and im gonna pretend this editing thing never happened... great review hunter, ill be checking this out

Confessed2005
July 14th 2007



3314 Comments


Wow this sounds pretty damn fantastic. Really cool concept for an album.

Good review, nice to see you're back writing them.

freudianslipknot
July 14th 2007



803 Comments


Good review. This sounds interesting. I need to check it out.

rattlehead42147
July 14th 2007



1345 Comments


well holy hell kal! four hours! i usually spend about 2 at most.

metallicaman8
July 14th 2007



4677 Comments


wtf, you passed me. It's totally awwn.

Good review

south_of_heaven 11
July 15th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks guys :D
Once again, if you like metal, listen to this album.

kalkal50
July 15th 2007



2386 Comments


Dam 8 of 8 liked it. And you spend 15 minutes on it. I spent 3 days on my last one lol.

south_of_heaven 11
July 15th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, aren't you like, Swedish or something? So it'd be natural for you to take longer since English isn't your primary language, ya know?



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