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Deceased – Cadaver Traditions

Cadaver Traditions
by Laura Cosheril at 17 November 2015, 4:36 PM

Relapse Records Test Subject Zero DECEASED have released yet another teaser release. They’re quickly becoming one of those bands where you ask yourself “are they still going? They’ve been fairly quiet”. I’m not sure even they themselves even know the answer to that question!

Now, this album is fifty three songs long of mostly covers (yes, you read that correctly; fifty-fucking-three). But don’t let that deter you, the songs are fairly short and the album goes by surprisingly quickly. If you’re a previous listener of DECEASED you’ll know that their previous two albums “Zombie Hymns” and “Rotten To The Core” have been out of print for some time now. You’ll be glad to know that “Cadaver Traditions” include both of these albums and an extra seventeen previously unreleased songs; so you’re basically getting two rare gems and a bonus album for the price of one!

The contents of this album vary dramatically from the classics (VENOM’s “Black Metal and IRON MAIDEN’s  “Wrathchild”) to some lesser known gems (HIRAX’s “Bombs of Death” and ZNOWHITE’s “Do or Die”) there are also some serious “what the fuck?” moments (THE DOORS “Not to Touch The Earth” and a track from the My Bloody Valentine soundtrack!). You may notice from these mere six songs which I have named, there’s a serious variety in genre; from hardcore, to punk, to thrash, to death metal. They nail every single one! It’s rare for a band to be able to cover so many genres in one album and absolutely nail them.

Their cover of SODOM’s “Witching Metal” has to be my absolute favourite. I am complete SODOM fangirl and I have no problem admitting that, so naturally when I saw this in the track listing, I diverted straight to it and I wasn’t disappointed. Obviously the original will always be better and no one can do SODOM better than SODOM can but you’d be extremely surprised by how well these guys can channel the spirit of the thrashers. I found myself steering back to this track as a kind of intermission every ten songs or so.

At first when this album landed in my inbox (in two parts, might I add!) I was extremely put off by the sheer amount of songs on it. But when I actually psyched myself up to listen to them all I really enjoyed this album, even though it’s long it doesn’t feel it! The band nail almost every track on this lengthy album and make sure that everyone knows it too. Apparently they have a new album planned for 2016, finally. I’m actually looking forward to hearing more of DECEASED’s original material. This album definitely deserves to be picked up and listened to at least once.

4 Star Rating

1.Black Metal (Venom Cover)
2.Deathrider (Anthrax Cover)
3.Corporate Death Burger (MDC Cover)
4.Dis-Organ-Ized (Impetigo Cover)
5.Right Brigade (Bad Brains Cover)
6.VoiVod (VoiVod Cover)
7.Doomed By The Living Dead (Mercyful Fate Cover)
8.California Uber Alles (Dead Kennedy's Cover)
9.Wrathchild (Iron Maiden Cover)
10.Here To Stay (Sheer Terror Cover)
11.Headhunter (Krokus Cover)
12.SATO (Ozzy Osbourne Cover)
13.Do Or Die (Znowhite Cover)
14.Violent World (45 Grave Cover)
15.World Peace (Cro-Mags Cover)
16.Eliminator (Agnostic Front Cover)
17.Die By The Sword (Slayer Cover)
18.Witching Metal (Sodom Cover)
19.Social Security (Excel Cover)
20.Violence And Force (Exciter Cover)
21.The KKK Took My Baby Away (Ramones Cover)
22.No Compromise (Xentrix cover)
23.Chemical Warfare (Slayer Cover)
24.Bodies (Sex Pistols Cover)
25.Not To Touch The Earth (The Doors Cover)
26.Reaganomics (D.R.I. Cover)
27.Torn Apart by Werewolves (Deceased)
28.Mad Man (D.R.I. Cover)
29.Fire In The Sky (Saxon Cover)
30.2 Minutes To Midnight (Iron Maiden Cover)
31.Die Hard (Venom Cover)
32.V.A. Rocks Your Liver (Verbal Abuse Cover)
33.Blower (Voivod Cover)
34.Wiped Out (Raven Cover)
35.Stay Clean (Motorhead Cover)
36.Tormentor (Kreator Cover)
37.Agents Of Steel (Agent Steel cover)
38.State Oppression (Raw Power cover)
39.Bombs Of Death (Hirax cover)
40.New Age Of Total Warfare (Warfare cover)
41.Nuns Have No Fun (Mercyful Fate cover)
42.Metal Church (Metal Church Cover)
43.Subliminal (Suicidal Tendencies cover)
44.Zombie Attack (Tankard Cover)
45.You Stupid Jerk (Angry Samoans Cover)
46.I'm Not Jesus (Ramones Cover)
47.Nothing (Plasmatics Cover)
48.Iron Heads (Running Wild Cover)
49.Stand Up And Shout (Dio Cover)
50.False Profit (English Dogs Cover)
51.Ultra Violent (N.O.T.A. Cover)
52.The Ballad of Harry Warden ("My Bloody Valentine" soundtrack cover)
53.Luck of the Corpse (Deceased)
Kingsley “King” Fowley – Vocals
Les Snyder – Bass
Mike Smith – Guitar
Dave “Scarface” Castillo – Drums
Shane Fuegal - Guitars
Record Label: Hell’s Headbangers Records


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