Deceased are a band from Virginia that has been featured before in this zine and have been around for 30 years and plays a mixture of death and thrash metal with some elements of traditional metal and grind and this is a review of their 1997 album "Fearless Undead Machines" which will be re-issued by Transcending Obscurity Classics.
Horror movie samples which are also a very huge part of the recording starts off the album before going into a heavier musical direction which also introduces melodic guitar leads onto the recording and they also bring in elements of traditional metal and the vocals are mostly death metal growls that are very easy to understand.
Elements of thrash can be heard throughout the recording and while t he bands musical style was very heavily rooted in the 80's it still sounded very modern for the mid 90's and the riffs also use a great amount of melody and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and screams can also be heard at times while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and some songs also bring in acoustic guitars while a couple of tracks have preludes and some of the horror movie effects give the music more of an avant garde feeling and there is also a brief use of keyboards which also gives the music more of a haunting atmosphere while the main focus remains more on a heavy style.
Deceased played a musical style on t his recording that mixed death and thrash metal together with a great amount of melody and also brought in enough heaviness to fit in with the other death metal band s of the era while also being a little bit more original and different, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon zombies and them taking over the world along with some apocalyptic and occult themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Deceased and while most of t heir fans probably already own this album, I would recommend it to all fans of death, thrash and heavy metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Silent Creature" "Night Of the Deceased" "Mysterious Research" and "The Psychic". 8/5 out of 10.