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Disavowed - Stagnated Existence (4/10) - Netherlands - 2007

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Neurotic Records
Playing time: 32:27
Band homepage: Disavowed


  1. Biased Existence
  2. Treason
  3. Collateral Causality
  4. Restricted Conceptions
  5. The Infinte Multiplicity
  6. The Eternal Validity
  7. Divided By Condemn
  8. Stagnated
  9. Dogmatic Conceit
  10. The Veils Of Misconception
Disavowed - Stagnated Existence

DISAWOVED hails from Holland like a shitload of others do, both people and bands. Many they are, but it has been a long time since the sunken country had anything worthwhile to offer humanity in terms of entertainment. Big brother, say no more. Not since Van Gogh and his intoxicated friends were let loose in the drug-store has the country with no natural drainage added to the heritage of fine art. Ever seen a good Dutch movie? Ever seen one at all? Read books by Dutch writers lately? Didn’t know they could write down there.


The story is very different when it comes to Death Metal. I don’t know if there were any obscure Dutch bands involved in the first steps of Death Metal, but I do know that it didn’t take long before the inhabitants of perhaps the most boring landscape in Europe got their shit together and started churning out Death Metal on a regular basis. Much like their Football League, the Hollandaise Death Metal scene isn’t the best, and neither will it ever be, but on occasions it produces some star acts. On a consistent basis that is.


DISAVOWED is no Marco van Basten, more of a Boudewin Zenden with a pulled hamstring.


I know that some people hate band comparisons and shit, but it’s up to you to have a map as long as I provide the coordinates.


“Stagnated Existence” is a brutal piece clearly inspired by acts such SUFFOCATION and DYING FETUS, nothing wrong mixing the two. If, and a big one it is, the band in question doesn’t sport a shitty production and songs hardly worth recording. These here wearers of wooden shoes and tulips in their hair get a check on both accounts. I’m a bit harsh here, but only Loki could betray the fact that we have enough average bands of this style to last for a trip through space. Back and forth, that is.


“Stagnated Existence” is heavy on the blast, but unfortunately they sound pretty bad. It wouldn’t have been such an issue if the drummer sniffed speed only on random occasions, but as I said, this guy is an addict. The guitarists do play some good riffs, the vocals are tolerable and sick, but the fact remains that both SUFFOCATION and DYING are alive and kicking. Very much so. And they kick like Jean-Claude van Damme on cocaine, while DISAVOWED only kicks like the average Joe. 


This band should get themselves a slice of identity and some guy/gal with talent to do the knobs. They are good musicians already. To end this review on a high-note, I’d also like to add that I see no reason changing the one responsible for the cover-art. I like the colour scheme.


(I found nothing relevant to this album for you to download during my brief research, but if you pay their homepage a visit, there are some demo’s for you there. Can’t imagine they’ll blow your head off)

(Online July 31, 2007)

Arve Henriksen

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