Deceased
As the Weird Travel On


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (297 Reviews)
January 28th, 2014 | 36 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If ever one wanted to be recommended an album which would define Deceased's individual style, As the Weird travel on would definitely be it.

By 2005 Deceased had been around for over two decades, released two career-changing albums and been highly regarded as one of the more well-respected bands owned by the ever-burgeoning record label Relapse Records. Despite this, Deceased still to this day think of themselves as a cult metal band rather than a highly inspirational one, however excellent albums such as As the Weird travel on have proved to be. The band's fifth album proper actually marked the first big change in Deceased's career. The band finally left Relapse Records for the lesser known Thrash Corner Records, and vocalist/drummer King Fowley, having decided to concentrate fully on his position as a frontman as opposed to a multi-instrumentalist naturally meant that someone else was needed to fill in for drumming duties. Whilst this only really changed the band's live performances as opposed to in the studio, the general sound on As the Weird travel on is considerably different from what you would have heard on albums such as Supernatural Addiction.

The guitar work definitely seems a lot more melodic, and has much more in common with the likes of Iron Maiden than it does with classic death metal. Fowley sounds much more natural when trying to adopt a more guttural vocal range, and the rhythm section sounds tighter and more solid than ever before. The instrumentation on the album's longer songs such as belligerent opener “The Kept” and distinctively horror-themed closer “Fright” (Perhaps named after the British cult horror film of the early 70s) always proves extremely solid and appropriately well composed. Solos are more frequent and don't just appear after the second chorus of each song, instead at some points choosing to blow the listener's mind the moment “The Funeral Parlour's Secret” or “Missing a Pulse” starts.

Above all, it's really the progression of each song which makes Deceased's fifth album as excellent as it is. This isn't anything new of course, given that the band had experimented in this way from as far back as 1995 for the production of Fearless undead Machines, but it still shows the band's confidence and improves the general musical performance. “A Visit from Dread” is the greatest example of this, where Deceased combine influences from their death metal past with a more straightforward heavy metal sound, resulting in a style that is almost definitely the band's own. This experimentation also helps the shorter songs to eschew any filler-based material in favour of consistent songwriting. The beginnings of “Unwanted Memories (It always ends in Tears)” and “Craving Illness” make for a slightly unsettling sound and even hint at attempting a much softer musical tone, before those familiarly lengthy riffs enter and you realize that it is still Deceased after all.

There's nothing else to say about As the Weird travel on that you can't say about the band's two other equally as superb albums, Fearless undead Machines and Supernatural Addiction, because all three of these records have been known to utilize Deceased's well-worked musical progression, crafting excellent song structures and showing seamless musicianship. The only slight downfall for the band's fifth album is the way in which a couple of shorter songs stick to the same formula which has been worked on in the past numerously, but even this can be ignored for the sheer consistency of the album's general sound.




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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 28th 2014


2636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Recommendations:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIt6OA2tMgM



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVLFv_zO_V4



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rea7sM8csRg

south_of_heaven 11
January 28th 2014


5556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome band.

DikkoZinner
February 17th 2015


5342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome band.[2]

ShadowRemains
November 15th 2015


25537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more people need to hear this, the guitar work here is exemplary

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
November 15th 2015


2636 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more people need to hear this, the guitar work here is exemplary



Agreed.

ShadowRemains
December 20th 2015


25537 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my satan the riffs

Scoob
July 26th 2016


4487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump track 2

necropig
April 3rd 2018


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great band, needs some love here

Digging: Havukruunu - Uinuos Symein Sota

combustion07
April 3rd 2018


6950 Comments


Hell yeah. One of the most consistent easily

necropig
April 3rd 2018


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck. As it turns out they've an album out this month. Awesome.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 3rd 2018


26868 Comments


wait it came out??

Digging: Bone Awl - An Obelisk Marks the Line

hexfix93
April 3rd 2018


2008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yet another band I've been slacking on. I heard Luck of the Corpse a long time ago and it was good from what I remember. Gonna jam this eventually. So much music, so little time...

necropig
April 3rd 2018


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Based off this;



https://www.reddit.com/r/Metal/comments/6qy7qi/deceaseds_new_album_ghostly_white_slated_for/

combustion07
April 3rd 2018


6950 Comments


Their Nuclear Exorcist demo is one of the greatest 80's death metal releases known to man. So cool if you can power through the production

hexfix93
April 3rd 2018


2008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn that sounds sick, def gonna have to check that out. Prolly gonna jam the rest of their stuff soon too, looks like these guys have a pretty solid discog.

necropig
April 3rd 2018


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rarely ever check demos but I'll have a snoop

Scoob
April 3rd 2018


4487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh forgot about dis

necropig
April 3rd 2018


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Asked hells headbangers and they said they're still recording the new one.



Oh well

Scoob
April 4th 2018


4487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They go full Maiden on fright

necropig
April 4th 2018


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great track



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