De Liriums Order
Victim No. 52


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
July 20th, 2007 | 24 replies | 3,971 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: De Lirium's Order dishes up near melo-death/thrash perfection with "Victim No. 52", an album any psychopath will love.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

If I didn’t know any better, I’d assume that every member of De Lirium’s Order spent time in an asylum. With 10 songs dedicated to perversion, torture, mutilation, and murder, I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who thought differently. Attempting to sound as mentally unstable as possible, De Lirium’s Order offers listeners “Victim No. 52”, a demented trip of nearly flawless melo-death/thrash.

Formed in Finland, De Lirium’s Order comes from a country that’s no stranger to heavy music. I mean, Finland reeks of metal! Bands like Children of Bodom, Kalmah, Deathchain, and Insomnium should be known to any self-proclaimed metal head. However, De Lirium’s Order shares similarity with only one of those bands (Deathchain), and sounds nothing like the rest. While others make heavy use of melody to add a slight marvel to their sound, De Lirium’s Order incorporate it with a different ploy in mind: insanity.

Taking a quick glance through the track list will show that this isn’t going to be an introspective, thought searching album. Does “The Art of Butchering” sound like a damn acoustic piece to you? Or how about “Nightmare in Apartment 213”, which any knowledgeable Slayer fan could tell you is a song about Jeffrey Dahmer! The music itself doesn’t just connect with the song title either; it perfectly represents it. “Sanctuary of Incineration” is a blast trip through Hell, utilizing shredding leads, dark growls, and blasting drum patterns. Here you get the first taste of Corpses’ warped mind, as he growls out “ In the beginning of a monster, there were strange desires. An aspiration to inflict pain on the prey, and to see the blood of a victim creeping in the dark!” This is, simply put, not an album for the faint-hearted.

Most songs follow a similar pattern of lunacy. The tracks “The Art of Butchering” and “Nightmare in Apartment 213” both make excellent use of thickly chugging riffs and split growls from Corpse, as well as blast beats. While most of this album could be classified as death metal, there’s enough thrash influence to argue about it over. The title track features one of the most frenzied guitar leads on the album, which is then followed by a full-blown thrash assault of palm-muted riffs and Dave Lombardo-esque fast-paced drumming, and the epic (well, for these guys anyway) 7:18 long track entitled “The Sunrise” utilizes a post-thrash influence, making it sound like something the great At the Gates would head bang to. With those two tracks, Corpse speeds up his vocal work to give it even more of a genre shift, which really helps the listener progress easily throughout them. “Masterpiece of a Morbid Mind” and “Through the Eyes of a Murderer”, two tracks which were highlights on the “Morbid Brains” EP, have made it onto this album in all their twisted glory. The only thing that’s been changed is that on “Through the Eyes…” they neglected to add the intro, which was Hannibal Lecter talking about one of his victims.

S.M. NekroC and Dr. Lirium’s guitar work deserves high praise, since it’s some of the best the metal community has seen in a long time. Whether it be violent leads (“Pathologist's Perverse Fantasies”), grind-chug riffs (“The Art of Butchering”), or a straight-up dual guitar assault (“Dr. Lirium’s Orders: Suffering”), these two do it all. Their solos, however, are the true delight on this album. Simply put, they’re amazing. Melody intertwined with sheer technicality is what’s offered here, and it sticks. They never feel out of place, or added just for the sake of being there; they sound as if these guys had spent days and days perfecting them. Listening to the solos on tracks like “Dr. Lirium's Orders: Suffering” and “Through the Eyes of a Murderer” is just a whole new experience. The title track, hands down, walks away with the most impressive solo work on this album. Just like the song, it has its roots dug a bit deeper in thrash, so it’s a bit more frenzied, but only adds to level of splendor.

While “Victim No. 52” serves up a whole heap of enjoyment, there’s two errors: one being the track “Abomination”, and the other with the material being slightly repetitive. It’s a bit frustrating to see a lackluster track like “Abomination” see a transfer from the past EP onto this album while the killer track “The Sounds of Mutilation” got left behind. As with the version on the EP, “Abomination” is great for the initial riff, but it’s chop-heavy nature brings about boredom. Frustration will also set in with many listeners when the end of the song comes, since it just abruptly stops. The other problem (that it being slightly repetitive) really only comes from small sections of the songs. The guys tend to make use of “chugga-chugga” riffs for a few seconds a good deal of the time, and it leads you to drift back to a past song.

I will put this as plain as I possibly can: if you like metal, you need to drop your balls and get this album, seriously. It’s one of the most twisted albums I’ve ever come across, and I mean that in a good way. The riffs, vocals, drums…it’s all here folks. From here on out, I’m dubbing this album “The Soundtrack to the Insane”, because that’s what it is: insane.

Overall – 4.5/5

Recommended Tracks
Sanctuary of Incineration
Victim No. 52
Dr. Lirium’s Orders: Suffering
The Sunrise



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BallsToTheWall
July 20th 2007



44164 Comments


Never heard of these guys.They sound promising. Is this hard to find?

south_of_heaven 11
July 20th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I ordered my copy from Amazon.com's marketplace (click on the buy new & used link on the CD page), so it's not really that hard to find.
It's worth every penny I spent on it though.

kalkal50
July 21st 2007



2386 Comments


any knowledgeable Slayer fan could you is a song

you missed a word between could and you
there’s enough thrash influence to argue about it over

pretty good review, I might get this just cuz of your review

Dethtrasher
July 21st 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha, good review. I hope the album is just as good. I don't remember if I have heard melo death/thrash, maybe some of The Crown's stuff but I'm not sure.

south_of_heaven 11
July 21st 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is really, really good, both of you guys would dig it.
Kal check your email ho.

kalkal50
July 21st 2007



2386 Comments


Album is really, really good, both of you guys would dig it.

Kal check your email ho.


Check yours chooblet

south_of_heaven 11
July 21st 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

chooblet :lol:

There's a warning sticker in this album case that says: Only listen at maximum volume...kinda lame, but still sweet.

kalkal50
July 21st 2007



2386 Comments


lol that's rad.. I heard these guys asked you to review their album?

south_of_heaven 11
July 21st 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, their new one that is...it's called "Diagnosis" and it comes out mid-August.

kalkal50
July 21st 2007



2386 Comments


cool, did you accept their offer?

south_of_heaven 11
July 21st 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I sent them my address and stuff...I think I still have to pay for it, but I don't care; it's an honor to even be asked to do it, you know?

FR33L0RD
July 23rd 2007



1461 Comments


Seem interesting
im always open for new trash/death

Dethtrasher
July 30th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Now I know why you nominated this to “The Soundtrack to the Insane”. Twisted stuff :thumb: But I don't know what rating I should give it, nothing less than a 3.5 or 4 that's for sure.

Mikesn
Emeritus
July 30th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The lyrics are, well...:lol:

But the music is very well done

Dethtrasher
July 30th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh yeah South. I recommend that you take a look at the tech death-sters Spawn Of Possession. They sound similar to De Lirium's Order. It's just a bit brutal thats all, I don't like them so much but it seems that you like Nile so I thought I could tip you.This Message Edited On 07.31.07

south_of_heaven 11
July 30th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Spawn of Possession eh? I'll take a gander into them...
These guys have two new songs up on their myspace...both are fucking amazing out the wazoo...one's called "Ebola Instinct" and the other is called "Extermination Network". Go listen
http://www.myspace.com/dlorder

Dethtrasher
August 10th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Something is f***ed up with the review submitting. I have reviewed this album but when I click on De Lirium's Order there are nearly 10 damn albums! What's wrong?

south_of_heaven 11
August 10th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have no idea what you mean Deth...it could just be something with your account maybe...you might want to take it up in the forums...go here:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=530076

Dethtrasher
August 10th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nah, I guess it's just one of those stupid site bugs. I'll try later and see if it works then.

south_of_heaven 11
August 10th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You could give me your password and the review in my email and I could submit it for you...you know I wouldn't f*ck with your account and then you could just change it.



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