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Disavowed - Perceptive Deception (8/10) - Netherlands - 2001

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Unique Leader Records
Playing time: 32:20
Band homepage: Disavowed


  1. Rhizome
  2. Abolition Of Impediment
  3. Reason Rejected
  4. Condensed Conditions
  5. Masses Conformed
  6. Unfolding Disposition
  7. Generative Patterns
  8. Critical Emulation
  9. Opposite Extremeties
Disavowed - Perceptive Deception
When I first read a review about DISAVOWED they were described as NILE meets MORBID ANGEL, so, as I'm a fan of both bands, this seemed very interesting. The Dutch band released their latest record "Perceptive Deception" in 2001 and it took me some time to get a hold of the material, but now the time has come…

No need to get around things, this is indeed Brutal Death in the vein of NILE, though less MORBID ANGEL. Off course, NILE are pharaohs of Death Metal, to have to measure with their standards is unfair for the majority of the bands. And DISAVOWED obviously has none of the Egyptian samples. But what you get with "Perceptive Deception" is brutal Death with a very good base of technical skills… one by one the musicians shred the shit out of everyone with great drumming, guitar playing skills, bass playing (as all can also be seen on the video that comes with the CD), this CD screams potential…

Potential? The music is outstanding, why is this not fantastic then? Simple answer, the vocals!! There are no real grunts… well, I think the vocals are supposed to be grunts. This rather sounds like someone putting the microphone very close to his mouth and trying to grunt. Of course I have no idea if this is intended to be this way, but I think the vocals will have many people turning this CD down, which is a shame really. I must say though, the music is so damn good that after a while I forgot about the vocals, but still a weird aftertaste stays...

Tracks of extra interest for me are "Rhizome", "Reason Rejected", "Condensed Conditions" and "Critical Emulation". If you're in for a good 30 mins of headbanging to extreme Death Metal, this is perfect for you! I honestly think that if the next album has a better vocal style this band can definitely can get REALLY far!! Dunno if that happens, but "Perceptive Deception" is the perfect solution to keep me happy for a while! (Online August 8, 2002)

Vincent Portegijs

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