De Lirium's Order
Diagnosis


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
August 7th, 2007 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Upping their thrash influence by a few inches and keeping their minds fixated on torture and murder, "Diagnosis" stands just a bit above "Victim No. 52".

Melodic death metal is like a black rose. It has an aura of beauty surrounding it, yet its still dark. The beauty originates from the melody, and often introspective and intellectual lyrical topics, but its darkness resides in the heavier tone of the music (death metal influences). The genre itself isn’t known for its brutal nature, but for more of a tranquil one. De Lirium’s Order, being categorized as melodic death, is so far from this that it’d be a crime to compare them to bands like Dark Tranquillity or Insomnium, who are considered the giants of the genre.

Incorporating a strong thrash influence, De Lirium’s Order is noticeably faster, heavier, and in most cases, darker. There is no beauty to be found here, only insanity. Their latest album, “Diagnosis”, is a demented trip through Hell, told by blast beats, frenetic solos, and scorching vocals.

“Diagnosis: Deranged”, a venom-laced speed fest, shows De Lirium’s Order embracing their thrash roots a bit more than on their previous release “Victim No. 52”. While on their past work, where melodic death outweighed thrash by a good amount, the distribution of the two genres have been almost set equal this time around. Most of the frenzied lead work split between chugging riffs is now toned down in place of a more straightforward, pounding approach, such as on “Panzram” and “To Walk With the Dead”. E.R. Insane’s drumming, while still very similar to his style on “Victim No. 52”, seems to fit here even more, as he tends to utilize a bit more speed in both his fills and patterns. Since this album has a bit more thrash, it really helps lock the riffs together.

Besides the upped thrash influence, much of De Lirium’s Order’s recipe remains the same: brutal melo-death that revolves around torture/murder/insanity/etc. Much of NekroC and Dr. Lirium’s technical prowess returns, as fills still show their grace on “Drowned in the World of Delirium” and “Ebola Instinct”. Along with maintaining a strong technical edge in their riff work, the two continue to pump out brilliantly composed solos, which seem to balance melody and ferocity perfectly, namely on tracks such as “Extermination Network” and “Drowned in the World of Delirium”.

One thing, however, that’s new that won’t be as easy to notice is the departure of vocalist Corpse, who has now been replaced by Infection. At first listen, both sound nearly identical, but as the album churns on, small differences are noticeable. For starters, Corpse tended to utilize a much deeper growl, and while Infection sounds very similar, he also occasionally pitches his voice to more of a frenzied scream. For the most part, however, it’s really not much of a difference, since Infection possesses that same, sick relationship that Corpse had with NekroC and Dr. Lirium. On “Thy Flesh Consumed”, he roars out “The beauty of self-torture, the premium delight of man flesh! and is believably backed up by searing riffs that give off a majestic feel of death.

There are a few minor gripes about “Diagnosis”, however. The closing track, “Abducted”, is a bit of a dull closer, as it comes across as an almost one-riff chugging song. Also, the solos, being one of the major selling points of this band, are neglected on that track as well as the opener “Diagnosis: Deranged”. While this isn’t enough to take away from the experience of the latter, they are sorely missed since they are incredibly enjoyable. The final gripe is with the cover song, “Incarnated Solvent Abuse”, which is a Carcass cover. It’s done extraordinarily well, there’s no doubt about that, but it would’ve been nice to see another track from the band instead of a cover.

That being said, “Diagnosis” is the band’s best release to date. While only marginally better than “Victim No. 52”, it offers a bit more variety and a heavier base (if that was even possible). Tracks like “Ebola Instinct” and “Ad Infinitum” are surely to become favorites among the death metal community, and even for those thrash. “Diagnosis” is sick, psychotic, twisted, vicious, insane, mentally unstable, and once again just to press it into your minds, sick. Metal heads rejoice, for the hour of severe head banging is at hand!

Overall – 4.5/5 (one of the strongest 4.5’s I’ve ever given)

Recommended Tracks
Ebola Instinct
Ad Infinitum
Extermination Network
Drowned in the World of Delirium



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south_of_heaven 11
August 7th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is soooooo gooooddddd

Fort23
August 7th 2007


2475 Comments


Excellent review, you made me want to look into this.

south_of_heaven 11
August 7th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Do you like melo-death, and do you like heavy as balls music? If so, do everything in your power to find this.

Fort23
August 7th 2007


2475 Comments


I like heavy as balls music, and melo-death sounds cool enough.

south_of_heaven 11
August 7th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go to www.myspace.com/dlorder
You can listen to "Ebola Instinct" and "Extermination Network" on there

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 7th 2007


3709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Victim No. 52 was great, so I'll look into this. Great review.This Message Edited On 08.07.07

south_of_heaven 11
August 7th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. I just walked out to my mailbox the other day, and found a package in there from Finland, and out slid this album. The only thing better than free music is getting free music that's awesome and not illegally acquired.

/continues downloading albums...This Message Edited On 08.07.07

jrowa001
August 7th 2007


8750 Comments


great review, ill check out the songs on their myspace

kalkal50
August 8th 2007


2386 Comments


Their myspace songs are pretty damn sweet, from the new album that is. Excellent review Milf Hunter :thumb:

south_of_heaven 11
August 8th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

omg Milf Hunter :lol: :lol: :lol:

See Kal, I told you these guys were sick ;)This Message Edited On 08.08.07

kalkal50
August 8th 2007


2386 Comments


haha good site, ye these guys aren't bad at all

Dethtrasher
August 8th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Victim No.52 was a sick album indeed so I will definitely check this one out. I just wish that there was a bit more more variety in the vocal work.

Cravinov13
August 8th 2007


3854 Comments


One reason I don't like a lot of thrash is that vocals don't usually have a lot of variety.

south_of_heaven 11
August 8th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone who even claims to like death metal should have this. End of discussion.

Zoo
August 9th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'll check this out.

south_of_heaven 11
August 9th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Obviously you're a fan of melo-death ZooYorker, and while this is a bit different, I think you'd find it right up your alley.

Zoo
August 16th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am liking this. Pretty good.

robin2220
August 16th 2007


569 Comments


I'd give this between 3 and 3.5

OhMyGandhi
August 22nd 2007


101 Comments


where can i find this?

Partisan
August 23rd 2007


13 Comments


Yeh ive been looking into more melodic death metal. Might have to give this a look



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