Defeated Sanity
Chapters of Repugnance


5.0
classic

Review

by Anthracks USER (14 Reviews)
May 20th, 2010 | 116 replies | 17,531 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A step down...Into Hell!

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

But really, Chapters of Repugnance is the sonic companion piece to The Inferno, and furthermore, the soundtrack of perpetual torment. Of course, this is a comparison that many death metal bands receive throughout their career, and one that is usually considered an innate quality of the genre. Defeated Sanity however, amplify any presuppositions one might have of Hell and turn it ten-fold. With Chapters, they provide a vision inimical to the typical, and capture, unapologetically so, the darkest facets of human depravity.

In the interval since their last release, Defeated Sanity has undergone a couple of major line-up changes. In 2008, the band saw the departure of Wolfgang Teske, the founder of the band, as well as vocalist Jens Staschel. Wolfgang, who still has creative input in the band (the drummer is his son), was not replaced, Staschel on the other hand was replaced by ex-Disgorge deity AJ Magana. With this replacement, the band sacrificed a bit of brutality for raw skill (and Magana has a much better style overall). Magana is a welcome addition to the band and provides some of the best vocal patterns in the genre. He immediately makes his presence felt with his first pattern (on the second track) essentially claiming “This is my ***ing band.”

The one thing that Chapters does not have going for it, is that it doesn't quite shake the earth like its predecessor did. Psalms of the Moribund is widely considered one of the most brutal albums in existence and took the scene by force, and on Chapters the band doesn't really make an impactful evolution. Instead, they opt to stick where they are comfortable whilst toning down the brutality a whit; this lessened brutality is due to the slightly cleaned-up production, as well as Magana's vocals, which are better, but not as brutal as Jens'. What Defeated Sanity loses in brutality, they make up for in advancing the almost non-existent flaws of the previous album. The songwriting on Chapters shows more maturity (in the typical sense), is tighter overall, and feels more structured; albeit there are less standout moments. Whether this is for better or worse is up to the listener, because the extremely chaotic structures on Psalms were by no measure a folly.

The introduction to the album is one of the better intros in brutal death metal, considering that most bands open their albums with either a sample or no intro at all. As such, it's refreshing to hear one that is actually well-executed, regardless of whether or not it holds up well as a song. Also, Defeated Sanity have always had an inimitable style of technical riffing tantamount to having each of your ligaments slowly sawed off, but being the reprobate that you are, you enjoy it (a hackneyed analogy, surely, but with Defeated Sanity it actually makes sense). Their choice in slams are that of a depraved contour, as they don't so much aim for the grooviness that most other bands do, but focus on pulverizing the listener; that is to say, the slam-style here is almost exactly the same as on Psalms. Slamming may be slowly going out of style, but Engulfed in Excruciation (~2:50) not only contains what is guaranteed to be the best slam of 2010, but one of the best moments in any genre for the year.

Chapters of Repugnance is a healthy amalgam of Defeated Sanity's previous two albums, mixing the song structures of Prelude, with the filthier, slam-oriented aspects of Psalms. Fraught with spasmodic riffing, crushing slams, and AJ ***ing Magana, all elegantly compacted with the eye of a debauched architect, Defeated Sanity prove once again that this entire genre is their bitch.



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Anthracks
May 20th 2010



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

when i say step down thats bcuz pslams was a 4.9 and this is a 4.8

DBlitz
May 20th 2010



1690 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

u forgot to talk about the drumming

jingledeath
May 20th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good review. Album is insane.

Dryden
May 20th 2010



12928 Comments


fucking awesome

FadeToBlack
May 20th 2010



10913 Comments


hmm i have psalms but haven't listened to it yet brb

rasputin
May 20th 2010



14516 Comments


i been listenig nd i like prelude prob the most then this then psalms

vox on this are better imo

couch
May 20th 2010



311 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

YESSUR, awesome awesome review.

Zip
May 20th 2010



5312 Comments


You're kidding right? This is terrible.

Dryden
May 20th 2010



12928 Comments


wow

jrowa001
May 20th 2010



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dont like brutal death meatl all that much but this album is good

Anthracks
May 20th 2010



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i loooove brutal death meat

ps hav 2 lol @ the members liked:

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bloozclooz
May 20th 2010



1770 Comments


you've been talking about this so much. 'bout time you reviewed it. might have 2 download now as well.

fleshgod

Relinquished
May 20th 2010



24434 Comments


this is real good

asdemonsburn
May 20th 2010



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

If you want to give a short summary review, use the sound off feature. ^

Dryden
May 20th 2010



12928 Comments


3 wat

TAB
May 20th 2010



447 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

SHITS GREAT

Anthracks
May 20th 2010



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

who gave da neg n no explain ;[

bloozclooz
May 20th 2010



1770 Comments


only 1 neg? that's a compliment right there

Anthracks
May 20th 2010



3669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whoever it was neg'd 2 of my other reviews wit no reason there either :[

bloozclooz
May 20th 2010



1770 Comments


all the links for this have gone bad. looks like i waited to long.



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